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:

Lindsey said...

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.

olubusayoigbekele said...

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

Amy said...

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

Jessica Wilde said...

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!

angiemary said...

Love to try this

Mimi said...

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!

wayne smith said...

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

Fiona King said...

I love granola - it is tasty, nutritious and substantial

Louisa B said...

The green one looks yummy :)

jo said...

Would love to try this
@jojowelsh17

Victoria R Morrison said...

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

Tracey Peach said...

The Kellogg's Granola Looks Very Nutritious And Tasty

tabbaz123 said...

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

Gilla01 said...

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

Pam said...

Sounds scrummy

@cheesecakefanat

Jessica Elizabeth said...

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

My Twitter: @jeshbelle

Victoria said...

These look so yummy!

Caroline said...

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

Hazel Christopher said...

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

Sarah Birkett said...

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

Zoe G said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

@rachiegr

Lorraine Tinsley said...

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

Pooky said...

Looks delicious! stephanie_cheung22@hotmail.com

LPATRI11 said...

Looks lovely - I love granola so hope I win!

angie mummy said...

Looks delicious

Craig Brown said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Laura said...

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

jenniwren12 said...

I would love to try this

@conradedwards11 said...

love granola with yoghurt to make it really a yummy crucnch

solfleur said...

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

Greg Treleaven said...

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

Charlotte Foster said...

Looks delicious!!

Kat Lucas said...
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pepicola said...

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

ClairejB said...

Sounds scrummy! :) @Madrabbitgirl

Hannah ONeill said...

I'd defiantly make some of this into flapjack!

Georgia Keogh said...

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 :)

Justine Meyer said...

Mm this looks really scrummy

Victoria Cunniff said...

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

Stephanie Whitehouse said...

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

Donna Kent said...

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

Charlotte Cottam said...

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

leighlarkin79 said...

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

Webster Angela said...

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

HelenA71 said...

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

C Parkin said...

I love Granola, @Earlybird2013

Alice Hindley said...

Love to try this :-)

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ali thorpe said...

Mmm, they certainly look tasty!

WeeWillieWilkie said...

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

Kirsten Stewart said...

would love to try!

rugmaker said...

Great prize

Karis said...

These look delicious, would love to try them.

@lovetocomp

Jane Middleton said...

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

Kristy Brown said...

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

@cluckyhen0

diva1977 said...

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

@bbdiva1977

D Lloyd said...

Oooooh yum yum!

love-this-planet@live.co.uk

Patricia Avery said...

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

zebedee01 said...

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

Mickie Bull said...

Yummy Yummy!!

@MorningPostie

sjw01 said...

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

littlemisstrivia said...

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

Meryl Rees said...

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

@marees30

Alison Barker said...

This would be lovely added to yoghurt and berries.

Ian Campbell said...

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!

IRIELADY said...

I love Granola and it would be great to try this

SALLY D said...

Yummy. Great competition! @sallylearning

NLi10 said...

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