- Provides 1/3 of daily whole grain requirements (at least 16g per serving)
- Ingredients you can see and pronounce
- All natural, gluten-free, non GMO
- Good source of fiber
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
WORST THING I’VE EVER TASTED!!
And the bag claims to be “clusters”. It is really crumbly – I see no clusters.
A waste. I will try to find somebody who will want to eat this.
Rancid Product, Will Avoid KIND products
Update: I contacted the company about the product and provided the exp. date and batch information. They believe it could be due to storage and handling of the product. From the way I received the product I could see that as a possibility. When I get more information I will add that to my review.
Update 11/28/11: Looks like customer service is either overworked or inept. I am guessing the later. As mentioned above, I sent a short email with the date and batch number. The response I received back asked for that information. I gave my address and after confirming a post-paid envelope was coming, I responded three weeks later saying I never received it. I received a response back saying he mailed it on 11/4. I emailed him my address on 11/7. I have no way to contact the CEO, so maybe the company is inept as well.
Update 12/8/11: The customer service rep sent me another bag to try. Mind you, he is fully aware I am reviewing this product on amazon. The second product was slightly stale tasting. The clusters ranged from granola type flakes all the way to a 2×3 inch chunk. The taste varied by cluster the first one I had was bland, the second sweet and excessive with the cinnamon. Basically, this product should have never passed quality control. The only positive I can say is they communicated.
I must recommend avoiding KIND snacks. A companies product is only as good as its organization in my opinion.
I’d attribute part of that to Amazon choosing to send me the single bag in nothing more substantial than a bubble mailer, but the factory packaging should be air-tight, and have enough air (well, nitrogen to keep it fresh) to survive a trip from Seattle to northwest Oregon. I could mail a bag of potato chips (of most major brands) and the chips ought to survive the trip intact.
The powder tastes okay. But crushed that much, I can’t really consider this a snack anymore. I am very disappointed.
Maybe I’ll try some from the grocery store where I can make sure it’s not already crushed, and then transport it myself in a suitable fashion, but even if it turns out to be good, I can’t recommend buying it from Amazon unless they find a better way to ship it than a bubble mailer. I can’t believe anyone could have thought that was a good idea!
Light, flavorful, healthy and satisfying
For those who are curious, here is a breakdown of the nutritional content, as well as ingredients:
Serving Size: 1/3 cup (29g)
Servings Per Package: About 11
Calories from Fat: 30
Total Fat: 3g (5%)
Trans Fat: 0g
Sodium: 20mg (1%)
Total Carb.: 22g (7%)
Dietary Fiber: 5g (20%)
Whole grains (gluten free oats, brown rice, gluten free oat flour, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa), evaporated cane juice, flax seeds, chicory root fiber, canola oil, vanilla extract, molasses, blueberry puree, apple puree, plum puree, apple juice, glycerine, sea salt, Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), citrus fiber, citrus pectin.
The blueberry flavor is, perhaps, a little too subtle, getting lost in the mix of the grains, but it does make its presence known. The variety of grains included is more robust than many other brand I have tried, especially the inclusion of quinoa. So there is a little something to please everyone.
So, for those seeking a delicious, healthy granola blend, I highly recommend Kind Vanilla Blueberry Clusters. For my money, it may be the best grain blend on the market!
It’s good, but..
It may just be me as I don’t see anyone else complaining about it. It is a very solid product though.
Not too impressed…
I guess I’m just not a flax kind of guy… or maybe I’ve been brainwashed (or tastebud washed) into preferring commercial grade mass-market granola (with something like, say, Nature’s Valley or the like), that this particular granola didn’t feel right to me in terms of taste and texture.
I freely admit this may be my own fault and should not reflect on the product as a whole. If this is the case, I apologize to the folks at KIND… but, in my own opinion, this granola just didn’t do it for me.
It should be said, though, I did like the packaging… I am so sick of single serving packages that waste materials or open box/cereal box that allow their product to go stale on the shelf the moment you break the plastic. KIND’s method reminds me of the same style of packaging that Great Harvest puts their local-sourced granola in (another granola that I admire, even as I cannot eat it enjoyably).
Still, 2 out of 5.
Kind and Healthy?
What Blueberries? And what’s with the weird aftertaste?
I tried eating this granola with milk and it was still pretty bad. My two preschoolers didn’t seem to mind the cereal much, although I noticed that when I offered it to them after that initial bowl that they never wanted it again. I’m guessing that means that they probably tasted that funky aftertaste, too. After this experience, I’m probably not going to buy this cereal again. Not recommended.
Not a bad healthy snack
The good and the bad
low fat, high-ish sugar, mild flavor
Relative to lots of other granolas, this one has some things going for it: relatively low fat (3 grams per 29 gram serving), with no saturated or trans fats, and 5 grams of fiber. It’s also lower in sugar than many other granolas, with 5 grams per serving.
Bear in mind that a serving of this granola is only 1/3 cup. If you are inclined to eat more at one time (like I am), you’ll likely want to double or triple the above values.
The back of the bag suggests serving this granola three ways: on-the-go (dry), over yogurt, or with milk. I think they should add to that on top of baked fruit since I think this might make for a healthy alternative to a traditional cobbler topping. I think I’ll use the rest of my bag to try that out!
Hard, crunchy and sweet
He liked the crunch of the granola but said it was too sweet for him. He did finish off the bowl but indicated it is doubtful he will eat any more of it. My thoughts are to soak the rest of the package and add it to muffins. The added fiber will be a bonus.
If you don’t mind a sweet cereal and like the hard crunch then you may like this product. I didn’t but that’s because of my personal preference. Looking at other reviews many people do like it so you may want to take their considerations in as well.
not the best, but still good
I’d recommend it if someone were thinking of buying it. Would it be my first choice? Depends. But I do know that it tastes great, is not TOO hard right out of the bag, and won’t get soft sitting in yogurt for simply a short period of time.
Healthy AND irresistible
My 60-year-old teeth are sensitive and weaker now than they used to be, so I often have difficulty chewing some of the granolas. This Kind blend is chewy and substantial, but not so hard that it’s risky for me to try to eat it out of hand. Softened with milk, it’s no problem at all. I’m not on a gluten-free diet, but I have friends who are, and this product would be just fine for them. The mix of whole grains has an interesting texture and taste, and the whole blend tastes so good I’d warn you not to sit down with the whole bag in front of the TV. It WILL be gone before you know it.
Cost is my only problem with this product, but not because it’s not worth the money. Healthy food costs more than junk, as it should, and it’s clear to me that Kind is very healthy indeed. We’re on low fixed income, though, so this would have to be an occasional splurge item for us, used more as a condiment on aforementioned yogurt than as a complete meal. I can stretch $5 worth of beans or chicken a lot further than I could one of these 11 oz. bags. I might, though, try it mixed in with oatmeal.
In short: It’s good food.
Not very blueberry, but otherwise OK
My gluten-free friend liked this product enough to seek it out on her own. My roommate’s toddler enjoyed it and kept asking for more. I am personally kind of ambivalent about it – I wanted a stronger blueberry presence and more clusters. I’d eat it again, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it (unless shopping for gluten-free snacks for a social event with that friend). It’s nicely crunchy, and the 1/3 cup serving size (120 cal) is reasonably sized for an afternoon snack, and contains 3g each of fat and protein.
Tasty cinnamon granola. Might need fruit or something…
Tastes good! Perhaps a little high in fat, though it’s mostly from seeds & nuts.
Flavor’s good. Quite crunchy. I like the fact it’s got largely healthy-ish stuff in it. Oats, seeds, etc. Seem to recall it has a little of your typical vegetable oil. Not entirely sure why that’s necessary, plenty of fats in the seeds & such. I’d kind of rather just have dextrose-based sugar for binding w/o the added fat in the oil or whatnot. I assume there’s a way. But regardless, overall I thought it was quite nice. I’d give it a good thumbs up. Good for snacking on the go, or probably as topping for yogurt or ice cream. I suppose you could eat it like cereal, though you’d only get a couple bowls out of it. Maybe 2-3?
Not the Clusters I Expected
My complaint is that the clusters I expected were nuggets for eating with your fingers. While there was some of these, most of the bag was much “smaller eat with a spoon” size clusters.
It’s just granola when it comes down to it
So it’s pretty healthy, reletively speaking. Still, it’s food and taste is what matters — and on that note it’s pretty average. It’s a nice mix of sweet and oaty, and I admit I wouldn’t have trouble eating it as a long term minching snack. At the same time, though, nothing about it particularly stands out. Combined with the fact that it costs over 50 cents an oz, pretty high for a simple snack food, it’s not something I could recommend unless you’re a complete health nut.
I tried this straight out of the bag, sprinkled on yogurt and in a bowl of milk and in every variation it just tasted stale to me. I don’t know if that’s the flavor from the flax seed or what but it was not appealing. I also pawned some off on my kids to try and they didn’t care for it either. I would have to say it is better with something than alone (both to mask it’s taste and because it is very crumbly)
On the plus side it seems very healthy… perhaps by the time I finish the bag I will have acquired a taste for it.
Vanilla Blueberry Clusters
Overall this makes for an average nice snack
love this stuff
I sprinkled this on cold cereal, oatmeal and cream of wheat I love cream of wheat).
I took a baggie to work and used it as my 2 PM snack.
I make all kinds of breads, apple, cranberry, banana etc and I’m going to experiment to see if I can add some of this to my recipe.
I would highly recommend this product.
My favorite way to eat it is either by the handful or on yogurt. It’s very healthy and really really tastes great.
It’s Good Granola
* Taste – This is good-tasting stuff and happens also to be good for you. While it does have some sugars added, it is in the form of evaporated cane juice and molasses and it seems to me there is just a pinch of it, adding only a hint of sweetness which is not overpowering. Sugars weigh in at 6g per serving. The grains are tasty, fresh, and crunchy.
* Simple Ingredients – This is important to me, as I prefer to be able to pronounce the names on the ingredients list. This is packed with grains: oats, brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa. Other ingredients include flax seeds, chicory root fiber, canola oil, molasses, cinnamon, sea salt, and vitamin E in the form of D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate. OK, so I could pronounce most of it
* Fiber – As you would suspect of this kind of food, it is all about fiber: fully 5g of dietary fiber according to the label, per 1/3 cup serving. That’s pretty good, in my book.
* Satisfying – This reviewer prefers this for breakfast, either with milk or mixed in with fruit yogurt, and it keeps me full and satisfied through lunch. It is healthy and filling.
* Aroma – The aroma of this is much like the aroma of most bags of grain: earthy and slightly musty smelling. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just that this reviewer does not find it particularly mouth-watering. There is the faintest hint of cinnamon, but to me it smells much like a sack of brown rice or like most of the granola I’ve ever eaten.
* Feel Good Message – I’ve got mixed feelings about this. Ordinarily, the packaging or the company of a product doesn’t get a mention when I’m reviewing a product – it’s always about my experience with the product itself. In this case, however, the product is inextricably tied to a message from the company: KIND LLC. I am always appreciative of companies whose founders or owners direct the company toward social or environmental good and indeed I am drawn towards those products that also contribute towards causes I believe in. At the same time, I understand that companies’ primary aim is to make profit and a feel good message becomes part of the marketing campaign; I believe that doing good comes from one’s character and upbringing, not what one sees on the bottom of a product’s packaging. In this case it is ‘Kinding Mission #99…’ Does this affect my rating? No, but this reviewer thinks it is worth a mention.
I enjoyed this product and found it to be tasty, fresh, and healthy. Yet I struggled with my rating, wanting to give it between three and four stars – ultimately giving it the benefit of the doubt at four. Why? Because as tasty as this was, it was still no more tasty or healthy or fresh as many other granola that I have tried, including the very best I’ve had: that made in my very own oven. So basically, despite the message of kindness toward others and the earth, at the end of the day it is just granola.
A quick word about bias, as that enters into any review where preference comes into play. I am neither vegan nor exclusive carnivore. While I like eating meat, I don’t eat it for every meal and endeavor to replace as much of it as I can on a regular basis with fresh vegetables and grains. While I like this product, it seems to me that it is seeking a niche in a crowded market, where granola is basically a commodity. As such, value needs to be considered with competing products that are basically equivalent. I mention this because there is so much excellent healthy granola out there, so price should be considered when shopping.