2 March 2014

Special K Granola with Cranberries, Pumpkin seeds and Almonds [Review by @NLi10] PLUS CONTEST

A short while ago our friends at Kellogg's sent me some of their new Granola.  I like granola, but don't tend to buy Special K products (as my partner says it's like real cereal but without the fun), but I couldn't resist trying this one out.  After all - I've written about a fair few granolas on here, some amazing and some just a bit boring.  This one promised to be worth a shot as it has both nuts and seeds alongside the fruit and granola.  It also came with a tea towel and a canvas bag - result!


Cat not included.  
We are unusually not going to be reviewing the red variety (has raisins so is not for me) but the green.  Fortunately the green variety is the one with the cranberries in it which is automatically good - as is the fact that Kellogg's are recognising that not everyone that wants a healthy cereal likes raisins.

The bag is optimistic as usual and promises that it will do 8 portions.  Instead of strategically weighing it out to have their specified amount and automatically being disappointed I piled about a fifth/sixth of the bag into a bowl and set to work.

The first thing I noticed is that it's not all that sweet.  This goes along with the Special K philosophy of being healthy so don't expect that hit of sugar or honey here.  The flavours are not quite as earthy as a Lizi Shaw granola, and the texture isn't as insanely varied as the Dorset Cereals ones are due to there only being a few different ingredients, but there is a place for this.

While this is not going to win awards in any particular category I think that Kellogg's may have found the right balance here.  It's easily light enough to eat before work (I tend to treat granola as a weekend cereal), it's not so chewy that it takes ages to get through one huge bit of dried fruit, it's satisfyingly filling without making you feel stuffed.  I'll see how quickly this goes down, but I do think it's something I can see myself buying again.


The flavours are not all that sophisticated here, it tastes of the things in it with no roasting or trickery going on, but they are nice.  It's one where you'll be hunting out the nuts and fruit as you go for that little sweet hit.  I definitely liked this, and am tempted to pick out the raisins from the other variety so I can give that a try too.


PRIZE ALERT:
Kellogg's are so confident that you'll like this granola too that they have given us another two packs to send to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is comment below and I'll use some kind of sophisticated randomisation method to pick a winner. 

The usual caveats apply- contest only open to residents in the UK and you'll have to supply us with your address if you do win. People who write for this blog or work for Kellogg's are not eligible - if you can't be contacted within a week of winning we will pick someone else so either make sure your e-mail is attacked to your comment profile or leave something like a Twitter ID and we'll be sure to let you know.  Good luck - and feel free to share the contest with other cereal fans.

Contest closes in one week on the 8th March 2014
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69 comments:

  1. I'd love to give this Granola a try - I'm a big fan of granola style breakfast products, but the calorie content always gives me a bit of a pause. It'd be great to see the difference between this new product and existing ones.

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  2. love how special k are branching into different forms of cereal, look forward to trying this one (wink wink)

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  3. Looks good - granola is a favourite of mine but haven't tried the Special K version yet :) @amizzlebizzle

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  4. I love the sound of these: big fan of both Special K and granola, so combining the two seems like a good idea to me!

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  5. Interesting - I'm not a fan of sugar and try to avoid it where I can, but maybe the sugar content in this is not too bad? Granola tastes great and I'd love to give this one a try!

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  6. Love Granola, but only recently realised they weren't as healthy as I first thought.....this sounds perfect!

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  7. I love granola - it is tasty, nutritious and substantial

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  8. Would love to try this
    @jojowelsh17

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  9. I love granola and I'm yet to try this one - yum yum! @VictoriaRMorri1

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  10. The Kellogg's Granola Looks Very Nutritious And Tasty

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  11. I really fancy trying the Apple one - Love the packaging too - no unnecessary cardboard box

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  12. Looks good - would like to try this. I haven't seen the Special K Granola yet. @Gilla01

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  13. I was pleasantly suprised by their porridge, so it'd be nice to give this a go too.

    My Twitter: @jeshbelle

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  14. I'd have granola before traditional Special K any day although I knoew the Special K is healthier. This sounds ideal.

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  15. I'd love to try this, I'm trying to get healthy again after falling off the wagon over Christmas! Sounds delicious and if other Special K cereals are anything to go by these will be! @HazyLou

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  16. I would love to try these and woulprobably add come natural yoghurt to a bowl

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  17. The Granola sounds and looks really nice, will be definitely looking for it when I go shopping.

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  18. I would love to try this. Thank you for the honest review.

    @rachiegr

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  19. These look really yummy, I just finished a bowl of granola for a quick meal as I couldn't be bothered to cook!

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  20. Looks delicious! stephanie_cheung22@hotmail.com

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  21. Looks lovely - I love granola so hope I win!

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  22. It's Granooooooola.... gran oooola :-)
    Mmmm i love granola

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  23. thank god love how special k is giving us more choices now.
    katie
    coffeevanilla@hotmail.co.uk

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  24. I would love to give these a try! :) @lcmbilas bigosuk@yahoo.com

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  25. love granola with yoghurt to make it really a yummy crucnch

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  26. sounds really great, thank you for the fantastic and honest review

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  27. I'd love to win some granola, it would make a nice change from porridge every morning :)

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  28. Sounds delicious and would love to try

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  29. Would love a chance to try this, thanks - @pepicola3

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  30. I'd defiantly make some of this into flapjack!

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  31. Ooh, I don't ever buy granola but I do eat porridge for breakfast so wonder if it'll be similar?

    It does look like it would be good to make flapjack from :)

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  32. Love Special K but not had chance to try their Granola as yet!

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  33. Sometimes I make my own granola, but it's so calorific - this might be the answer

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  34. I always avoid Granola because of the sugar content. According to the nutrional info provided online., this is much better than others.

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  35. I love granola with a bit of greek yoghurt, such a tasty treat :)

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  36. We love granola in this house! Tend to sprinkle on top of yoghurt and strawberries for a pudding.

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  37. I love Granola but worry about unhealthy it is sometimes so would love to try this from Special K.

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  38. Love Special K. Would love to try the granola. :)
    @GromitFan1

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  39. Ooh this looks really tasty. Would love to give it a try - @WeeWillWilk

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  40. These look delicious, would love to try them.

    @lovetocomp

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  41. Thanks for the giveaway, would love to try it.
    email: janemphoto@aol.com

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  42. Wow fantastic, I'd love to start my day with thhis!

    @cluckyhen0

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  43. both sound yummy love to win for my poor sis in uni.

    @bbdiva1977

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  44. Oooooh yum yum!

    love-this-planet@live.co.uk

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  45. I like granola as a topping on my porridge but I haven't tried this brand :) @avery64

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  46. lovely prize, would love to enter please :)
    deborahbird2@hotmail.co.uk

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  47. Ooh, i'm a massive Special K junkie so I would love to try this! samantha_wesley(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk - @sjwesley0 xx

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  48. Special K is one of my favourite cereals and I do like granola so assuming that I will love this!

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  49. I always need to get up 10 minutes earlier to eat Granola!! This looks worth it though :)

    @marees30

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  50. This would be lovely added to yoghurt and berries.

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  51. Special K Granola sounds like heaven in a breakfast bowl. I've always loved Special K breakfast cereals so am eager to give this one a go!

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  52. I love Granola and it would be great to try this

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  53. Yummy. Great competition! @sallylearning

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  54. This contest is now closed and winners will be contacted shortly - GOOD LUCK!!

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