Friday, September 26, 2014

Lola Granola Bars Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

I had first heard about Lola Granola Bars in a Huffington Post article (read the article here). Lola Granola Bars were created by Mary Molina when her family hit hard times. Her story is so incredible; her and her husband were struggling to provide for their 4 young children and were relying on public assistance and food banks.  Her husband was eating junk food to save money so Mary made him nutritious granola bars to save money, making sure they were gluten and soy free due to her children's allergies, and he loved them! The kids loved the bars, and so did her husband's coworkers, who asked to buy some and Lola Granola Bars was born.

My husband has taken two granola bars to work everyday for years now and I feel so much better now that he is taking Lola Granola Bars instead of the other junk filled "granola" bars. Lola Granola Bars are not only gluten-free but also GMO-free and organic! Lola Granola Bars are the only bar sweetened with just honey and gluten free oats and expanding nationwide.  The snack bars are packed with all natural proteins, fiber and omega 3's, are low in sodium and contain absolutely no GMOs. Lola Granola Bars ingredients are locally sourced including Massachusetts Cranberries, New Jersey Blueberries, New York Honey and Gluten Free Oats. Each of the 5 flavors contains 8 core, all natural, non GMO ingredients. Unlike many bars on the market, Lola Granola does not add any rice, wheat, corn or soy fillers, hydrogenated oils or refined sugar.  All bars are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and kosher.  They taste great and kids love them in their backpacks.

I'm always excited to try gluten-free foods so I was really excited to try these. We received two bars of each flavor: The Enzo, The Nathan, The Ruby, The Ellie, The Lola-- each flavor bar named after Mary's children and her nephew. I usually dont like granola bars but I love the taste of these! They are chewy and have unique flavors. My favorite is The Enzo-- with cashews and almonds! Yum!

Mary Molina explains: “One of the questions that came up is how I came up with the flavors: The first flavor I created was Cranberry and Almond (mostly because it was what I had in my cupboards at the time).  I named it Lola because, even though I made it for Ernie, I made it so that Lola could eat it too.

When I realized my kids also like Lola Granola Bars, I created flavors for them as well. Next came Ruby, she's younger than Lola so I took out the nuts and it had beautiful red cranberries for my Ruby. After that Enzo, my daring son is nuts, so his bar is just nuts, almonds and cashews. Finally for my daughter Ellie who is sweet as a date and very caring (as the oldest she helps out a lot too) is made with dates and cashews.”

I love supporting companies like Lola Granola on my blog. In fact, when I think about the companies that I want to support with this blog, Lola Granola is at the top of my list.  Their bars are organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, its a woman/mom-owned business, they support local food anti-hunger programs, and they are incredibly affordable!

Connect with Lola Granola on Facebook and Twitter. You can find where to buy Lola Granola Bars here!

One lucky I'm No Domestic Goddess reader will win the same sampler of Lola Granola Bars that I received (two of each flavor)! Continental U.S. entrants only. Previous winners of Lola Granola Bar giveaways are ineligible.

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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