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Hey there, and welcome back to the RKF blog for another keto product review! It’s been a couple of weeks since we did this, and that’s because I was on vacation two weeks ago and as of last week, some things have been more deserving of our attention than product reviews. But the show must go on at some point, and I have LOTS of products I need to review for you guys (seriously, there are many). Please keep checking my Instagram if you’re looking for valuable resources related to BLM & how you can help. I’ll be sharing those things on my stories.
Today’s review is for Keto Baking Co, which is the company that makes Gra-POW! I first heard of KBC from watching Keto Connect on YouTube, and I’ve been intrigued ever since. Not only does cookie granola sound amazing, I’m also a sucker for cool packaging. I reached out to KBC to see if they were interested in a product review and they sent over two 5-flavor sampler packs for me to try! So before we begin, I just want to give a special thank you to Keto Baking Co for providing these treats. And without further adieu, let’s get started.
Who is Keto Baking Co?
Keto Baking Co was founded by Tara Shimer and Benny Cole, two people who have a passion for the keto diet and the way food affects how you feel. Their website includes bios as well as links to their personal Instagram accounts. They have been featured by big YouTubers Keto Connect and Dr. Berg. Check out more of their testimonials here.
Keto Baking Co is also featured on the recently-published Black Owned Keto Businesses resource guide.
Gra-POW! product description
Gra-POW! comes in 7 different flavors. I was sent the 5-flavor Sampler Pack to try, which includes these flavors:
- Salted Caramel Brownie
- Pistachio Amaretto Biscotti
- PB&J Thumbprint
- Peanut Butter Cup
From their website:
“Gra-POW! Cookie Granola was created to combine childhood-favorite cookies and granola cereal, but with ketogenic macros, and a few other twists.
This meant, first of all, swapping out grains of all kinds. The use of any glycemic sweeteners, such as honey, maple syrup, or even coconut sugar, was also out. Instead of these, we took almond meal, erythritol, and debittered stevia extract, and got to work. Perhaps most importantly, these products needed to “wow” even the Standard American Diet consumer, thereby making KETO more accessible to even the most discerning of palates. We’ve done our best!
Gra-POW! is delicious eaten in any way!
Try it like a cereal (with keto-friendly milk), out-of-the-bag, as a topping on your favorite low-carb yogurt or ice cream. Or you can even use it as a recipe starter (grind it up in a food processor to make the base layer/crust of your favorite baked recipe)!
Thoughts: So, I tried my first batch of this stuff in my review for My Keto Snack Box (MKSB). At the time, I wasn’t really sure if I liked it, but I think that’s because what I envisioned this would be and what the product actually is were two different things. When I think of cookies, I think of crunch, but that’s because my usual favorites have some amount of crispiness to them. The product I tried back then was more sandy than anything, but I realize now that it’s probably because the “cookie bite” part of the product had crumbled in that MKSB package. As a whole, I wasn’t very impressed with the bag I tried at that time.
When I received these items directly from the company, I had a totally different experience. Only one of the flavors was sandy-ish, and not to the extent the MKSB bag was. In fact, the snickerdoodle flavor in particular was entirely made up of bite-size chunks of cookie granola, and not something that resembled an unassembled pie crust. The quality of these items, direct from the company, was so much better. I’m really glad to have given these a second shot, because my first impression was all wrong.
AND THE FLAVORS! Oh. My. Goodness. The flavors.
I wrote down my impressions of these on a sheet of notebook paper when I received them and next to each flavor, I wrote “spot on.” I really had nothing else to say! They’re really so perfect as they are. Not too sweet, not bitter at all, and they tasted really fresh for a packaged product. Like, fresh from the oven. I’ll break down each flavor so you can get a better idea of exactly what it is you’re buying with these.
- Salted Caramel Brownie: Chocolately, salty, and full of caramel flavor. This one was the most crumbly of the package, but it was still really good. The coconut flakes are really nice in this one particularly to offset the cocoa flavor and make what could be a too-rich flavor a little “lighter.”
- Pistachio Amaretto Biscotti: There’s obviously a big almond presence in this (hello, biscotti) but the real standout in this is the cherry/pistachio flavor. I can tell the almond flavor is from a liqueur, but it’s not in any sort of off-putting way. This would pair great with vanilla Rebel ice cream.
- PB&J Thumbprint: Really really similar to the next flavor (peanut butter cup), but without the chocolate and with a hint of fruity raspberry flavor. Definitely tastes like those Knotts Berry Farm thumbprint cookies I used to gorge myself on at Christmas.
- Peanut Butter Cup: Ok, yes, this definitely tastes like a certain really-popular candy, but this is my absolute favorite flavor because of something I’ve never seen in another product. Somehow, KBC has managed to put peanut butter bites into this stuff. Yes, like the creamy peanut butter you know and love, but in little bite-size pieces and mixed in with the other ingredients without losing its texture. It’s like when you find an m&m in a bag of trail mix, except it’s not crunchy, because it’s peanut butter. Definitely a fun “easter egg” to find in these and really made me conside eating both servings in the sampler at once.
- Snickerdoodle: Probably the best sweet and salty snack I have ever had. I really appreciate the flavor of the cookie part of this, but the salt crystals make me extra happy. These would be a great addition to a charcuterie board with strawberries on it.
I ate each of these on their own and with some greek yogurt, because I just think that’s the best way to enjoy it. This would be good on ice cream, too. If you’re looking for a crunchy trail mix type of granola, this isn’t really it; this is more like crumbly cookies, true to its name.
If you want to purchase some, I highly suggest you check out their web shop first (affiliate link). If you use that link to purchase, I’ll receive 20% commission (you won’t pay any extra) and I will in-turn be donating all commissions from my affiliate links now through the end of August 2020 to the Equal Justice Initiative.
As usual, if you want to find them on my Amazon shop, please keep reading. I’ll provide a link to that at the end of this post. Please note, though, if you purchase through Amazon, I will not be able to apply the 20% of your purchase toward the EJI.
RKF Product Score
I don’t think anything needs to be done to improve these. They’re all amazing as-is.
While these are available at several online retailers (including Amazon), these are not yet available in stores. Placing these in bigger grocery chains (even just in Whole Foods) would be a huge step toward making these more accessible. I would like to see these in Publix.
You don’t need cookie granola specifically for keto, but I think it’s good to have healthy treats on-hand in case you feel the need to have something sweet. These are made only with the good stuff.
This price is super fair, especially when considering the quality of the ingredients. Especially if you find them on sale. If these were always $9.99/bag, this score would be a 10/10, but I understand why it is what it is.
Only the best. They don’t even use preservatives. Seriously, there’s no junk in here.
I like the branding on the 10oz bags and on the sampler bags, but it’s strange that they don’t really match and the website doesn’t match much of the look/feel of either of those. The quality of the packaging was very good, I just wish it was more cohesive, which would make it easier to quickly identify these products compared to others.
Bottom line: 8/10 Recommend
Ready to try for yourself?
Here’s another link to my Amazon shop! You can find these in the RKF Recommended Items section: www.amazon.com/shop/restingketoface
Here’s my affiliate link again: https://ketobakingco.com/?aff=29
If you would like to request these locally, check out this page on their website for a sell sheet that you can bring to your local grocer to request they order them: https://ketobakingco.com/request-us-locally
I really hope you like these! Ready for another product review, but don’t see it listed on my blog? Drop a comment below and let me know what I should try next!
Until next time,