Thursday, February 26, 2009

Great Granola Give-Away ...

Fasten your seat belts, delicious ones, you're in for a treat ... and I mean that literally. Or at least one of you is. ~wink~ More on that later ... you'll have to read through to the end.

So, last week a new dude popped into the comments section of my Loaded Oatmeal Cookie post. His name is Matty P. (or Matthew Pawlik in real life) and he's one of the founders of a great, relatively new, online business: MixMyGranola.com. Seems that Matt and his friends were chowing down on some ready-made granola one day and wishing they could have all of their favorite ingredients in one bowl. Seeking to create the granola of their dreams, they hit upon an idea for a custom made granola company and thus was born Mix My Granola The Way I Like It!

Genius idea! They've created a slick, user-friendly site that's as delicious as it is fun. In his comment, Matty offered me a sample of their product and I happily accepted. Off I went to their site and in no time I'd mixed up my own Divalicious Blend. Like magic, it arrived at my door two days later ... and one minute after tasting it, I was in love.

Pictured above is my special mix: organic granola base, flax seed, sunflower seeds, roasted almonds, dried blueberries and dried goji berries for kicks. It's outstanding! And you can create your own unique blend as well. This clever company allows users to create an almost infinite number of combinations. Simply choose from one of four base granolas - Organic, French Vanilla, 100% Organic Muesli, or Low-Fat ... and then the fun begins! In subsequent steps, you can add all manner of mix-in's, ranging from a wide variety of nuts, seeds and berries ... to everything under the sun, including wasabi peas, yogurt covered pretzels and even organic gummy bears! Oh my! I passed on the gummy bears, but was sorely tempted to add the fruity loops.

With such a stunning array of choices, your personal blend can be as healthy or as decadent as you like. The taste? In a word - its spectacular! I've been crunching on it straight from the tube, but its equally good when mixed into yogurt or served as a cereal with icy cold milk. I recommend it, highly.

I like it so much in fact that I've decided to host my first official Beach Eats Give-Away, in honor of my new found treat. Simply leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win a $20.00 gift certificate to MixMyGranola.com. All comments will be entered into a random number generator and a winner will be selected on Friday, March 6th.

Now's the time for all of you lurkers to come out of the closet, post a comment and enter to win! No purchase is required and the contest will remain open until midnight on Thursday, March 5th. There will be one winner and said winner must be willing to provide me with an email address to which I will send the gift certificate.

So, what will you add to your granola? Curious Diva wants to know!

Bon appetit!

20 comments:

Melissa Good Taste said...

I love granola! On it's own... or with a splash of milk. Very tasty.

Tracy said...

I love granola. I just had some for breakfast today, actually. It was Whole Foods brand, but still. If I made my own mix, I would add lots of coconut, dried fruits and pecans. Yum!

Toystory said...

I eat granola every day with my fat free french vanilla yogurt from Stoneyfield farms. Would love to try a mix!!

judygr64 said...

Wow...what a great concept. As a non-nut eater, I can rarely find any granola that doesn't have nuts in it. The organic granola base looks like just what I'd love.

Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway. It would be fun to put my own custom mix together.

judy(dot)greenberg(at)gmail(dot)com

words words words said...

This sounds fun! It reminds me of the M&M store in Vegas where you can make a custom bag of M&Ms from like 30 different kinds.

What would I put in mine? Cap'n Crunch, bacon bits, those little chocolate liquor bottles - and of course, the low-fat base. I'm watching my weight.

Veriance said...

I adore granola. Particularly mixed with yummy thick Greek yogurt. Such a healthy start to the day!

Jeanie said...

Count me in on the granola love!

I'm having a hard time deciding which I'd prefer...the version Tracy suggested, or the one by Words-cubed!

Thanks for the link, Diva.

Shawna said...

This is great I've always had the hardest time finding a granola I love… I found this vanilla cherry stuff once but the store discontinued it :(

My dream granola has lots of dried fruits - bananas, berries, everything - with some almonds and some flax seed for those omega-3s! All on top of some greek yogurt… yum!

Kat Bryan said...

I love granola with lots of nuts and dried fruits.

BTW, I have tried to access the granola site in 2 different browsers and it won't come up. Anyone else having problems?

duodishes said...

Oooh oooh us us!!! We have to have ginger and citrus zest for sure.

pixelgal said...

Clicking on the link worked for me. What an interesting concept! Anyway, I love granola with any kind of fruit and milk in the a.m.
Congrats to these guys for thinking up a winner.

stephchows said...

What a fun idea! Granola is the best snack, yours looks great!

Astra Libris said...

Oooh, you are too generous! How sweet of you to offer such a glorious give-away to the blog world! Mmmm, I love your addition of the dried blueberries...

Deb said...

I love granola straight from the box or mixed with yogurt as I've said before it is my go to breakfast. I would love mine with the base vanilla granola, some almonds and some dried cranberries. For snacking a few dark chocolate chips would be good too.

There is a site that I buy nuts from called nuts.com that allows you to do a similar thing creating and naming your own snack mix - fun!

Leslie said...

I love granola too. What a treat to make your very own mix!

Sass said...

Love granola!!!

It's my go-to breakfast, with yogurt when I'm watching my weight. ;)

H said...

I checked out their website and I love it. I love the idea, the product and the ease of the site. I do like granola but I have it for a snack most of the time. I like it by the handful straight out of the bag or box. My breakfast gets broken down by weekday and weekend. Weekday is 7 grain bread toasted with peanut butter. My weekend breakfast is EGGS. I like them all different ways. My favorite is sunny side up!

Juliet said...

I love granola!!!

Kristy said...

Well, I was going to post a comment anyway after reading about this fun new company, so I guess it's just my luck that I'll be entered into the drawing, too! I love granola, and while it's simple to make at home, for some reason I just never do it. This looks like a fun way to get my granola fix!

Jennifer said...

French Vanilla base? Can this be true? Kiss me