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Another granola review from the New England Naturals line! Last time I tried the Banana Walnut and thought it was pretty good. Now today is the New England Naturals Organic Antioxidant Granola with Superfruit Berries and Vanilla.

So this one, according to the package, has “36 grams of whole grains”, and is “rich in Omega-3”.Now, to be fair, I believe somebody got a hold of this bag of granola before I got to try it, so half the bag was gone (I have some hungry people living in my house apparently!!). So I thought well, if half the bag is gone, this HAS to be good! I opened it up and saw mostly oats, with some pieces of dried fruit and an occasional sunflower seed/ walnut piece, which were crunchy and fresh tasting.

Anyway- the granola itself had a good crunch and had a mild sweetness. It had a vanilla flavor and a bit of cinnamon as well. I imagine this being a great granola for putting on yogurt! There also were plump and sweet raisins, and red bits of dried fruit as well. I thought they were all cranberries. And although there were some cranberries, they were NOT all cranberries. I did NOT like the other orangey/red pieces- I looked at the ingredients and found out they were goji berries. I have tried goji berries before in other products and thought they were ok, but these had a horrible aftertaste. Bitter, and just NOT my kind of berry. I was glad the sweet raisins were there- I think they came to the rescue!

However, all together- quite tasty! I loved the consistency of the granola, and the overall flavor, minus the goji berries, was quite good. A serving of 1/2 cup has 4 grams of fiber and only 6 grams of fat, so that’s pretty good in my eyes. I also love that it’s organic, of course! 3 1/2 stars.

1 serving ( 1/2 cup) is 230 calories, 6 grams of fat, 37 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

Are you a fan of Goji Berries?

I received this granola to try for free from New England Naturals.

Goji Gourmet makes cookies that use… GOJI BERRIES! How cool is that! According to the package, “Goji berries are nutrient-rich fruits that are HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS and provide vitamins A, C, and B-complex. Among other benefits, goji berries are rich in iron, beta-carotene, selenium, geranium, and include 18 amino acids”. I never had a Goji Berry before eating these cookies,( and although I am stil unsure where exactly to find them at the supermarket!), I would like to eat them again!

Taken from the website, here is some interesting tidbits about these cookies.

“-No preservatives
-All-natural
-No refined sugar added
-High in antioxidants
-Delicious
-Low calorie
-Handmade
-Infused with Superfoods
-Energizing
-Great for kids
-Mostly organic ingredients ”

Cool! Well the folks over at Goji Gourmet sent me some of these cookies, including the Chocolate Chip and Almond Oat varieties. The first thing I noticed about these cookies was the size. They are rather small, about the size of a quarter in length, but much bigger in height. They almost are about the size of cotton balls! I actually thought they were quite adorable for cookies! : )

Chocolate Chip- first of all, these smell sooo yummy, just like homemade chocolate chip cookies, with a hint of a fruity smell! The goji berry pieces are quite large, and sort of resemble dried cranberries. The texture is a bit gritty, but in a good way, and also “soft and chewy”, just like the front of the package says. It was actually quite a bizarre taste- sort of a cross between an oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookie. The goji berries had an unexpected sweetness, sort of like a raisin in an oatmeal raisin cookie, but the cookie still had a rather rich and buttery taste, like a chocolate chip cookie. I actually really enjoyed it, and it was quite sweet, too! 4 stars

Goji Almond Oat- I noticed that these cookies had more height and more goji berries than the Goji Chocolate Chip flavor, but were still delicious. They were sweet, and almost had a brown sugar and vanilla taste to them. The almond flavor was actually really delicious- just the right amount, and they also added a little bit of crunch as well. I found these sweeter than the Goji Chocolate Chip, and actually liked them better. 4 1/2 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed these! I like that a serving ( 2 cookies ) is only 50 calories, and also provides 1 gram of fiber. I also love that they are quite unlike any other type of cookie I have eaten before. They are made with really good ingredients, and well, are just plain good! : )

*Have YOU ever had goji berries before? How do you eat them? (And where do you buy them?) If you’d like to answer, please leave a comment below! : )

Goji Chocolate Chip- 2 cookies is 50 calories, 2 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 4 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

Organic white whole wheat flour, organic goji berries, natural buckwheat honey, organic butter, raw turbinado sugar, organic 70% cacao dark chocolate (organic cocoa beans, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic ground vanilla bean), organic egg, raw wheat germ, pure vanilla extract, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, turmeric.

Goji Almond Oat- 2 cookies is 50 calories, 2 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Organic white whole wheat flour, organic goji berries, organic oats, natural buckwheat honey, natural almonds, organic butter, raw turbinado sugar, organic egg, raw wheat germ, pure almond extract (alcohol, natural oil of bitter almond, water), organic vanilla extract, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, turmeric.

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