In honor of Veteran’s Day today I wanted to shine a light on this delicious gourmet granola handmade by a Veteran right here in Nashua. For this month, 10% of profits from this granola will go to Veteran Organization. I also want to take a moment to thank those who have served our country, including my Dad, as we remember their service today.
Where: Happy Cat Company LLC, Gourmet Granola for People – 95 Parnell Pl, Nashua, NH
Website: Happy Cat Facebook Page
If I had to describe the usual store brand granola I’ve had, I would say it’s one-dimensional in its flavor and dry. Commercial granola usually tries to cover this up by adding a ton of sugar. But here in Nashua, Karen D. Bill crafts gourmet granola in small batches with quality ingredients and, according to the label, “a wicked lot of love.” After baking, each batch is bottled in a Mason Jar you can reuse, and wrapped with a ribbon. It looks just like a gift a thoughtful friend might make you, and that’s what caught my attention when I saw it amidst shelves of bagged and boxed granola.
I’m CRAZY about the pecans in this. My aunt makes candied pecans for Christmas, which may be the only time of the year I really eat them, so that might explain why devouring them in this granola felt like a warm holiday gift. In general, the sweet nutty flavors balance perfectly with the organic coconut shavings and oat clusters. The vanilla flavor is bold, with a hint of cinnamon coming through. And the ratio of ingredients is really fair; it’s not tons of oats with a few nuts sprinkled in, each spoonful is rich with walnuts, pecans, almonds and cashews. I usually eat it atop greek yogurt with plump blueberries and fresh raspberries. Just a little bit goes a long way in filling me till lunch (or second breakfast, some days I’m basically like a hobbit). But some other granola ideas are as a topping on baked apples, cooked into your pancakes, homemade granola bars, or as an addition to trail mix. I found my jar at Whole Foods on Amherst St. for $9.99, flavors there include original and blueberry, but you can also order it through their Facebook page or at the downtown Farmer’s Market during the season. 10% of profits are donated to Kitty Angel’s in Tyngsboro and Eye of the Storm Equine Rescue, although as I mentioned above every November the donations go to a Veteran’s Organization. Eating local never tasted so good (or felt so great).