For busy mornings, there’s no breakfast food more convenient than cereal. One locally made option that’s vegan and wheat-free is Granola Girl.
Vancouver entrepreneur April Bellia brought Granola Girl to market in 2011. The cereal contains organic oats, organic dried cranberries, non-GMO sunflower oil, maple syrup, organic cane sugar, organic coconut, organic sesame seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic goji berries, organic hemp seeds, almonds, and salt. (Seventy-eight percent of Granola Girl’s ingredients are organic.)
I recently received a sample of Granola Girl and tried it with rice milk. It’s hearty and has an agreeable flavour. My preference is to eat the granola mixed with another cereal rather than by itself.
Bellia plans to add a new flavour to her product line in the future. Until then, you can find the original Granola Girl at more than 200 stores in Western Canada, including Whole Foods Market in Vancouver, where 454-gram bags sell for $9.99 each. As well, Granola Girl is a vendor at the Granville Island Farmers Market, which takes place every Thursday until October, and will be at Veg Fest Vancouver 2013 on Saturday (July 27).