Here at Green Queen, as staid as it may seem, we simply love granola! For breakfast, lunch, dinner or packed for a hike snack, we simply cannot get enough. Honestly, making granola is not super complicated (check out our Green Queen recipe here) but it does take time- which a lot of us don’t have. Luckily, there are now quite a few fabulous locally-made granolas around town, all made without added preservatives or other nasties, and each with its own health profile, from paleo to vegan to gluten-free to nut-free!
Foodcraft – Raw, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Organic Ingredients
Foodcraft offers a range of healthy snacks that are a free-from dream, including paleo, vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options. Their nut-free Organic Raw Granola (Goji & Chia), HKD 95 for 180g. Many who are nut-free feel they must now live their life sans-granola but that’s not so. Foodcraft’s variety is packed with superfoods, goji and chia as the name implies, and also lots of healthy ingredients such as pumpkin seeds. For nut lovers, they also have their Organic Raw Granola Bars (Maple Pecan & Cranberry), HKD 25 for 60g. All of the organic seeds and nuts have been activated, meaning they have been soaked before dehydrating, helping your body make the most of all of the nutrients. They are of course white sugar free using coconut flower sugar and dark maple syrup. Want a free-from breakfast to brag about? Try one of their Coconut Yoghurt Cups, HKD 48, which come with raw granola (with nuts) and raw goji-chia jam, along with raw coconut yoghurt of course!
Order at http://www.foodcraft.hk/
Nut & Co – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Organic Ingredients
Hong Kong’s new artisanal almond milk purveyor (see our glowing review here) also makes a mean granola! Nut & Co‘s ‘Chunky Nut’ Granola, HKD 65 for 400g, is an instant classic. The name comes from the fact that Nut & Co actually hand chops the almonds and pecans creating a granola with perfectly sized nut clumps. It really does make a difference. All of the ingredients are organic, and include coconut oil, as well as maple syrup as a sweetener. Our favorite part? The granola comes in the same bottles as their almond milk. We had an “Ah-Ha” moment when we realized that all cereals should come in bottles as they are far easier to pour and store. Genius. Pour some of their organic hand-pressed almond milk onto your granola bowl for a delicious and locally-made start to your day.
Order at http://nutandco.com/.
Moxo Living – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Organic Ingredients
In addition to their superfood protein powders and the best coconut macaroons Green Queen has ever tasted, Moxo Living offers a selection of organic mueslis. Muesli is granola’s European cousin, and for those who are wondering, the key difference is normally that in a muesli, the oats are not baked. Moxo Living’s creator is a health coach who insists on using all organic ingredients in her vegan and gluten-free cereal blends. There are two varieties: Coconut Bliss, HKD 125 for 350g, which is sweetened with coconut flakes and brown rice syrup and contains almonds, cashews, flaxseeds, and chia seeds; and Nutty Cinnamon, HKD 135 for 350g, which contains almonds, pecans, and brazil nuts as well as flaxseeds and white mulberries, and is sweetened with pure maple syrup.
Order at http://www.moxoliving.com/.
August 2016 Update: Moxo Living is currently not taking any orders.
Quo HK – Gluten-Free, Nut-Free
Quo HK has become known for their selection of locally made gut-health coconut water kefir and kefir coconut yoghurts. However, they also offer their QUOnola – Handmade Gluten-free Granola, HKD 98 for 300g or HKD for HKD 28 for 100g as an add-on. Their gluten-free granola is made to be packed with energy and in addition to the requisite oats they add almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seed meal to keep you running at full gear. They use honey and un-sulfured dates as a sweetener and coconut oil. You may start out ordering it as a mere crunchy addition to add to your QUOgurt, but this granola is sure to become a favorite snack.
Order at http://www.quohk.com/.
Anything But Salads – Raw, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Organic Ingredients
Offering a variety of superfood products and groceries online and at their Tai Ping Shan shop, including their paleo superfood ice cream, Anything But Salads knows a thing or two about healthy snacking. Their LIFE Rawnola, HKD 149 for 500g, has become one of their most popular products and is now stocked at grocery and health food stores around Hong Kong. Why does it have such a following? Because this granola is raw, vegan, paleo-friendly and gluten-free. Made with organic ingredients including sprouted buckwheat groats, activated almonds and sprouted pumpkin seeds, this granola will provide the nutrition you need to start your day. For a touch of sweetness they use palmyra jaggery and dried cranberries. They have also recently launched their Red Rawnola, HKD 149 for 500g, a blend of sprouted buckwheat groats, organic goji berries, goji berry extract, cordyceps extract, ginseng, and ginger, making it a superfood powerhouse and an energy booster.
December 2016 Update: Anything But Salads has closed down.
Green Vitamin – Raw, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Organic Ingredients
Having become a staple of the Hong Kong health products scene, Green Vitamin offers a large selection of locally-prepared raw foods such as their mouth-watering raw organic kale pesto, frozen wheatgrass shots, handy raw coconut wraps, and flavored coconut water kefirs. One product that is not to be missed? Their Organic Raw Granola Bites, HKD 180 for 180g. This paleo friendly, raw and organic snack relies heavily on nuts and seeds and includes activated pecans, sunflower seeds, cashews and pumpkin seeds for long lasting energy. The end-result is extremely low-carb and grain-free. The addition of cranberries, maple syurp, coconut sugar and a little cinnamon ensure it is delicious. Need another reason to give these bites a try? They are also plastic-free, meaning they come in a recyclable glass jar that can be returned and re-used.
Order at http://www.greenvitamin.hk/.
August 2016 Update: Green Vitamin is currently not taking any orders.
My Yummy Mix – Sustainably-Sourced
Are you the type of person that wants everything custom-made for you? If so, My Yummy Mix is the answer to your bespoke granola woes. Their website has a fun and helpful design-your-own granola section with an incredible variety of flavour/ingredient choices, so you can exactly what you want. You can also contact My Yummy Mix with any dietary requirements, requests or ingredients you love, and they will then create and deliver you a personalized cereal blend- HKD 46 per 100g and 300g minimum. For those looking for a more off-the-shelf shopping experience, they have a large selection of creative flavor combinations. Some of our favorites are Coffee Break, HKD 43 for 100g, which is a granola flavored with espresso, toasted walnuts, and cranberries, Curry Me Away, HKD 46 for 100g, with curry powder, chashews and coconut flakes, and who can resist Pina Colada, HKD 43 for 100g, which has coconut flakes and dried pineapple.
Order at http://www.myyummymix.com/.
October 2016 Update: My Yummy Mix has closed.
Photo credits: Foodcraft, Nut & Co, Quo HK, Moxo Living, My Yummy Mix, Anything But Salads and Green Vitamin.