After seeing a shout-out of mine on Instagram for their granola, Purely Elizabeth – Vegan Gluten Free Granola Cereal and More! kindly reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try their new cereal, oatmeal and muesli. To which I said, “Uhh…YEAH!!!”
About Purely Elizabeth
Purely Elizabeth is definitely a green, big picture company. They strive to have eco-friendly packaging, organic and NON-GMO ingredients, and products that integrate perfectly into a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been a huge fan of their granola since my friend Abby recommended it, so I could vouch for the quality of their products before, but I’m happy that my research on them turned up such good eco-friendly practices.
Purely Elizabeth is a member of 1% for the Planet, a very cool organization that gets companies to all pledge 1% of their sales to go to nonprofits that work to improve the environment. Right now, this means over 100 million dollars going to over 3,300 environmentally focused nonprofits.
Their products are made with ancient grains, including millet, aramanth, quinoa and kaniwa. They incorporate ancient grains because they are:
- Preserved in their original form, unmodified
- Easier to digest
- Packed with fiber and protein
All of their products are gluten-free and vegan, which makes me happy!
Ancient Grain Granola + Puffs Cereal
I was prepared to hate this cereal because it has puffs and I hate puffs. I HATE THEM. They are the packing peanuts of cereal (evidence: the top left picture above – see how menacingly they float?!). They stick to the cereal packaging, they get EVERYWHERE, and when you so much as breathe near them they fly out all over the place.
I loved this cereal! The puffs are made from millet and have a healthy, earthy flavor. The granola clusters are made of their granola, which I was already a huge fan of, swwet and buttery; and the cereal has dried cranberries, my favorite dried fruit to have in cereal. I sate this with chopped pecans and flax milk and I was a happy, happy girl. Brian has tried it too, and loves it. In fact, he’s out buying a box as I type this!
The cereal is surprisingly filling, probably from all the fiber and protein, but still feels like a light meal. I don’t eat cereal anymore but I’ve bought two more boxes since the one Purely Elizabeth sent me to review ran out, I’m hooked!
Ancient Grain Muesli
I’m not a huge muesli person, so when I got the Purely Elizabeth mango almond muesli, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Fortunately, the package suggested that I make overnight oats with it, which I quite enjoy, so I used the muesli, vanilla coconut milk yogurt, flax milk, and fresh raspberries to make a couple jars.
This made for some yummy overnight oats, my favorite part of which was the dried pineapple included in the muesli. Each little pineapple, and there was a fair amount of them, was a delightful pale yellow treasure. I have some leftover and am excited to make more jars, maybe with blueberries this time!
Ancient Grain Oatmeal
Because I’m a bad food blogger, I apparently never got a picture of the oatmeal, so I had to pull this picture from Purely Elizabeth’s website. >.< I quite enjoyed the oatmeal that Purely Elizabeth sent me. It was hearty and filling, a perfect quick breakfast. I will say, as advertised, there is no added sugar so this oatmeal is not sweet AT ALL. If you like sweet oatmeal, just be aware that you will definitely to add a sweetener. I prefer my breakfasts not sweet, so I loved it. The apple flavor was a little dull for me (since I don't sweeten), so I would probably purchase the cranberry one next time to have a little more "pop" in my breakfast, or I would add some raspberries to it ;)
Since I’m a huge fan anyway, I’ll give a bonus review of the Purely Elizabeth granola. It is soooooo good. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and super buttery. They use coconut nectar sugar, which has a gorgeous carmel-y flavor. I highly recommend it!