Monday, May 19, 2008

You Heard it Through the Grapevine


I'm not a fan of raisins. There are very few recipes in which raisins are not a completely unwelcome ingredient. They absolutely ruin cookies; that's why God invented chocolate chips! They are a major disappointment when biting into a hot cinnamon roll. And one should never ever put them in Cheesecake (which they do in European versions). It is a nasty shock to find a slimy raisin in your delicious, creamy cheesecake. Even in Raisin Bran, the raisins tend to be too hard and chewy and quickly make you worry about losing a filling. I find that my bowl of Raisin Bran tends to end with a bowl of milk and pile of rock-hard rainsins. I'm sorry, but they just remind me of dried out rabbit droppings! So on the whole, I avoid foods with raisins. But some of my favorite cereals traditionaly have raisins. Like granola. So it was with delight that I recently found a new cereal that uses crasins instead of raisins. It's called Post Trail Mix Crunch, Cranberry Vanilla version. YUM! The cereal is like a cross between granola and Grape Nuts (but not as hard). The craisins are soft and sweet and plump. They are like raisins should be in cereal. There is just a hint of vanilla. And slivered almonds top it off. It's delicious! It's not as high in fat as granola either. So if you're an anti-raisinite like me, give it a try. It also comes in "Maple Nut & Brown Sugar" (which is next to try on my list) and "Yucky Raisin & Rabbit Dropping" in case you're a glutton for punishment.

6 comments:

Christie said...

I generally like raisins, unless they are the dried-up versions, but I love me some granola. It eat it almost every day (unless it's Friday/cheat day/pancake day). I'll have to give that cereal a try.

Mindi said...

oh, arianne--just when i thought i couldn't love you any more.....
if i had a dime for every time i said "raisin oatmeal cookies are a waste of good oatmeal" i would be a bajillionaire. blech. amen to the choc. chips!

Chelsea said...

Ooh, this sounds good. I also hate raisins (I could not agree more that they do NOT belong in cookies!) but I love craisins.

MiaKatia said...

Yummm sounds good, but I am not sure I could cheat on my Kashi Co Lean Crunch...

Kristine said...

I love granola! I'm going to have to try some of this stuff!

alex dumas said...

My sister and I make our own granola. So we can put whatever we want in it. I particularly like dried blueberries and cherries.