Love Grown Cereal Review – I Ate Beans For Breakfast Today!

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I was at a new Natural Grocers Store in Fort Worth, Texas yesterday, and what did I find but a cereal made with beans. I wondered. I bought. I ate. Now I give a review of Love Grown Cereal.

If you are like me, totally naive about cereal made from beans, you may be a little surprised (as was I) to see such a product.  I had never seen such a thing before which is probably WHY I purchased the box of Love Grown Polar Puffs cereal which I did.  OK… that AND the fact that the store had an overstock and marked some of the boxes down to move them out quickly.  

I’m a sucker for beans, and I’m really a sucker for saving money!  

I really wasn’t sure what to think when I purchased the box, but I was hopeful.  I had great success in the past when I first saw and tried Beanitos Bean Snacks (low glycemic, some vegan, all vegetarian and all non-GMO gluten free snacks made with beans).  I loved the Beanitos Black Bean Chips in particular… (but I also loved them all)… so seeing bean cereal was not SUCH a far stretch that I figured I would at least give them a try.  

Bean tortilla chips seem more natural to me than cereal bean products though, especially kids cereal products.  

I almost put them back on that second thought, but I finally convinced myself. 

Come on, Chris.  This is a healthy kids cereal.

The cereal is made with navy, lentil and garbanzo beans.  

There are no corn or wheat ingredients in it.

It’s a gluten free kids cereal.  It’s a vegan kids cereal.  It’s a healthy, non-GMO cereal.  

And… AND…. it’s supposed to taste like blueberries and vanilla.  (Remember, I hadn’t tried it yet, so I wasn’t completely sure of that!) It was SUPPOSED to…. fill in the blank…..  

OK.  That did it.  It was in my cart.  

Actually, I really didn’t go through all of that thinking.  

I was actually EXCITED to try such a cereal.  

I was also excited to say “I will eat beans for breakfast tomorrow morning!”   

That’s just the way I am.  🙂 

Well, my bean shopping excitement was yesterday.  I did try this cereal this morning.

Love Grown Polar Puffs Cereal

 

I poured some of the Love Made Polar Puffs into a bowl, and I added some milk.  I was out of both almonds and coconut milk, so my regular milk had to do today, (sorry vegan friends), but I added the milk that was available, and I had my first bite.  

You can see a horrible photo of me here below eating my first bite.  I wasn’t prepared for a glamour shot, but I wanted you to see my first bite of cereal made with beans.  Whatever my face was going to be, I wanted you to see it in its true form.

Chris's First Bite of Bean Cereal - Love Grown Cereal

It was wonderful!  

The sweetness was just right.  It was sweet enough to satisfy any child’s hankering for something sweet.  It was not TOO sweet.  

The Love Grown Polar Puffs actually had a great blueberry and vanilla taste too.  I mean that too!  I mean…  I could taste a blueberry flavor.  I could taste a vanilla flavor.  The two flavors were each very flavorful, and each flavor seemed separate, distinct would be a good word, but they were also very complimentary of each other.  

And no… in case you are wondering… There was absolutely NO flavor of beans in this cereal.  

I’m not sure if a bean flavor would be welcomed by children in the morning.  

I’m pretty sure, for all my love of beans, I wouldn’t want too much of a bean experience in the morning hours either.  

But hey, to each his own. 

 

Cereal Made With Beans - Love Grown Polar Puffs Cereal

From the back of my Love Grown bean cereal box. It says it’s cereal made with beans! 🙂

The cereal stayed crunchy for quite some time, most likely longer than what your kids might take eating their bowl of this on any given morning.  

I ended up taking a l-o-n-g time eating my bowl of cereal because I kept trying to take more photos of me hoping to get a better selfie.  I never did.  You got the original one.  

By the way, it’s really HARD to take a selfie while you’re holding a bowl of cereal in one hand and lifting a spoon of cereal up to your mouth to eat in the other!  I’m SURE God must have given me an additional hand to take this photo.  It may not be glamour on display, but it’s me, and what’s more important, it’s me eating beans in the morning!  

The point is, it took me a long time to eat my cereal. 

Fortunately, my cereal stayed fresh and crispy all the way through my “photo shoot”.  

So the taste of the Polar Puffs Cereal by Love Grown was great with no bean flavor and plenty of blueberry and vanilla taste. 

It was as sweet as I would have wanted it to be so I’m guessing as much as it would take to satisfy a picky child in the morning.  (I like some sweetness, just some, and I’m like a picky child in the morning… and sometimes at other times as well.)  🙂 

Add to all that the fact that it stayed crisp and edible for a LONG time for me.  

You’ll never have to deal with soggy cereal if you eat this every day of your life!  

But you won’t do that, will you?  

I asked because Love Grown has numerous other products that could keep every day new and exciting for you and your family members.  

Love Grown Cereal For Kids - Love Grown Polar Puffs

Love Grown Cereal has Love Grown kids cereals as this was.  They also have other cereals that would be appealing to adults as well as kids (Hey give me kids cereal any day).  Plus Love Grown products also include a variety of granola, hot cereals, and even some seasonal cereal products like the chocolate and strawberry heart shaped cereal which, well… you can figure out what day or days that kind of cereal might be really popular.   

The Love Grown company says their cereal (and thus your day) is “inspired by love and powered by nutrition”.  

It seems that is their passion too!

Maddy and Alex, the founders and owners of Love Grown Cereal, write right on their Love Grown website, About / Our Story page, that they wanted to change the world, to make a difference, to make clean, healthy food available to as many people as possible.  

They do what they do out of love for people.  

It looks like they are working to stay true to their clean eating, high-value nutrition pledge too.  

While not all their cereal and/or ingredients in cereal products are organic, they have gone through the process of non-GMO certification for most of their cereal products.  (Check each product individually if you’re concerned with any specific cereal or specific ingredient in a cereal.)   

Why are they not produced as organic cereal?  The FAQs of their website say they chose to make their cereals as cost effective as possible so as many people as possible could benefit.  

Their heart is dedicated to providing wholesome, natural ingredients for all their cereal products.   

They DO use only natural flavors and natural colors.  

All their cereals are either lightly sweetened or completely sugar free. 

All of their cereals are vegan except the Love Grown Power Os.  ALL are vegetarian friendly. 

Furthermore, all of their products, including the granola products are made with gluten free ingredients, specifically certified gluten free oats, and all of their products are inspected and shown gluten free before being shipped.

As always, check each product for ingredients if you have any allergies or medical conditions.  

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Love Grown Polar Puffs, Blueberry Vanilla, 6.5 Ounce by Love Grown (at Amazon)

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What I can tell you though, by no uncertain terms, is that my Love Grown Blueberry Vanilla Polar Puffs cereal this morning was totally worth buying and a totally wonderful breakfast experience. 

They tasted great.  

They filled my desire for a sweet-but-not-too-sweet vanilla and blueberry breakfast cereal.  

They did not get soggy.

I felt as if I was benefiting from a healthy cereal (made with love).  I feel so loved. 

Oh, and a bonus point here:   I felt full all morning long!  I’m loved AND satisfied.  That’s a great combination!  

If you haven’t tried a Love Grown cereal yet or just want to buy gluten free cereal (or buy a vegan cereal)…. (or buy a healthy cereal period)… I urge you to give one of the Love Grown cereals a chance. 

If the rest are anything like my Love Grown Polar Bears, the conclusion of my Love Grown cereal review  here says I think you’ll be very happy with your purchase. 

 

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Should I review other Love Grown products?

The question might better be, what are YOUR reviews of Love Grown cereal going to say? 

Give Love Grown a try if you haven’t yet, and let us know what you think! 

Here’s to all you great readers here… having 3 hands to take photos… good tasting cereal made with beans… and great companies like Love Grown.  

Have a healthy day! 

 


Quick and Easy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Muffin Recipe (No Grain and Sugar Free!)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins with Maple Butter

Are you rushed in the morning?  I know I am!  Time seems to fly as my husband John and I get ready to go out the door each day.  However, no matter how time flies in those early morning hours, I would like to have something healthy as well as filling (and quick) for us to eat.

I discovered a great recipe for chocolate and peanut butter muffins you can cook in the microwave that are not only quick but good… and good for you too!  

It all began when I found a recipe for gluten free and sugar free chocolate muffins at Simply Healthy Home.  Jessica’s muffins were single muffins baked in the oven, but knowing how to make microwave muffins already, I figured I could cook the muffin in the microwave so they would be quick and easy.  (I was right.  They cooked in the microwave just fine.) 

Furthermore, one of the main ingredients in Jessica’s muffin recipe was ground flax.  I liked that, especially with chocolate which would overcome any other taste sensations from the flax seed which some people might not like so much. 

Ground flax is really heart healthy and so nutritious.  Plus it is an ingredient you would normally see in low carb muffin recipes or grain free muffins.  Ground flax and chocolate seemed like a good combination of health and happiness!  

By the way, even Walmart now has organic ground flax seeds from the Wild Oats company, so if eating clean is important to you and you want to still save money on groceries, check the prices there on this newer organic line of food at Walmart!  I tried their organic flax in my minute muffins, and it works quite well!  

I did change one ingredient from Jessica’s recipe to add to the health benefits of the muffins.  

The original recipe called for cocoa powder, and I used raw cacao powder.  You can see what a package of raw cacao powder looks like here:

Sugar Free Chocolate Muffin with Ground Flax Seed and Raw Cacao

Getting ready to make my sugar free chocolate muffin in a minute using raw cacao and ground flax seed. Don’t you just love my mug to make my muffin in?

While you could still use regular cocoa powder in this recipe, the benefits of using  raw cacao powder vs. cocoa powder might make you lean towards using the superfood raw cacao.  

Click the link to see  Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder 2lbs  (Amazon Affiliate Link)

That said, I should also warn you that when you use raw cacao powder, or even just cocoa powder, you will probably find yourself wanting a little extra sweetener to offset the bitterness of the chocolate.  I used a little more than 1/16 of a teaspoon of white stevia powder which is actually quite a bit of stevia.  If I were using coconut palm sugar in this recipe, which I believe would be quite good with this recipe using raw cacao powder actually, I would probably use a teaspoon or so.  A teaspoon or so of honey or maple syrup would work well too.   

Fortunately, the recipe also calls for pure vanilla extract too which makes any recipe you add it to taste a little sweeter as well.  Had it not been for that vanilla extract, I might have felt the urge to throw more sweetener in my mug!  LOL  Thankfully though, the vanilla saved me from having to do that.

What you end up with is a perfect little chocolate muffin that is healthy and tasty in about two to five minutes flat (including the 50 seconds of cooking in the microwave).  

Not bad!

On a side note:

You don’t need a spread with this muffin, but you can certainly enjoy one if you wish.

For the sake of experimentation, I cut my muffin in three sections and topped one piece with peanut butter, one piece with coconut butter, and one piece with a mixture of 1/2 butter with 1/2 pure maple syrup.  

Here’s a photo of my three slices of muffins topped with maple butter, peanut butter, and coconut butter (sometimes called coconut manna):

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins with Maple Butter

Maple Butter, Peanut Butter, or Coconut Butter – Which would YOU choose?

 I liked all three spreads!  

If you would like my thoughts for future reference:

I liked the coconut butter spread for breakfast, especially if I were serving this muffin with a fruit protein shake recipe on the side (which is what I was doing on that day).

You can purchase Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna, 15 Ounce here!
(Amazon Affiliate Link)  

I thought the peanut butter on the chocolate muffin would make a terrific afternoon snack.

The maple butter spread on the chocolate muffin was the sweetest.  It almost tasted like a chocolate cake with maple icing!  That…. well… that made me think I could even use this recipe as a quick and easy dessert for a lunch or dinner.

Of course, you could use any of of the muffin spreads for your breakfast if you wish!  They ALL make for healthy breakfasts or healthy snacks, even healthy snacks for kids!   

Just take a close look at my quick and easy healthy muffins with ground flax and raw cacao powder (and toppings of course), otherwise known as my chocolate and peanut butter muffins! 

Healthy Muffin Recipe with Ground Flax and Raw Cacao Powder

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins From a Microwave

So if you are looking for a healthy muffin recipe for your morning pleasure (and health), here you go!

Quick and Easy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Muffin Recipe
Serves 1
A healthy muffin recipe made with ground flax, cacao powder, and peanut butter - No grain and sugar free!
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Prep Time
3 min
Prep Time
3 min
355 calories
18 g
186 g
28 g
16 g
8 g
108 g
315 g
3 g
0 g
17 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
108g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355
Calories from Fat 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
43%
Saturated Fat 8g
42%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 186mg
62%
Sodium 315mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 11g
43%
Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
21%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large egg
  2. 1 tsp. coconut oil
  3. 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  4. 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  5. 2 Tbsp. ground flax
  6. 2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  8. Stevia to taste (up to 1/16 tsp. stevia powder or 1 tsp. other sweetener)
  9. Dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Spray a microwavable mug with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. Combine egg, coconut oil, and vanilla extract in mug, and whisk with a fork.
  3. Add peanut butter, ground flax, cacao posder, baking powder, stevia, and salt to liquid in mug, and stir until well combined.
  4. Microwave on high for 50 seconds.
  5. Remove from microwave, and immediately turn over mug over a plate to remove muffin.
  6. You are now ready to go, with or without anything on top!
Notes
  1. Stevia is a great sweetener for this recipe, but if you prefer, you could also use approximately 1 tsp. (or a little more) of raw honey, pure maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, natural pure cane sugar, or other sweetener of choice.
  2. While you do not need to slice the muffin, they can be easily sliced into three rounded pieces for easier handling in the car or by little hands at the table.
Adapted from Simply Healthy Home
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calories
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protein
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carbs
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