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Anahola Granola Mania


Anahola Granola MacaMania Bars, Tropical Granola bowl and Trail Mix

Anahola Granola owner Becky and her husband Stewart were so elated with The Tasty Island’s initial review of their Original Anahola Granola, as a token of appreciation and holiday cheer, they kindly sent me a sampler care package of their other most popular products. To that, I say HUGE MAHALOS!

So let’s sample the samples, starting with their MacaMania Bars.


Kauai’s own Anahola Granola MacaMania Bars

What we have here is the Anahola Granola Original, Chocolate Chip and Mango Ginger MacaMania Bars. The packing slip (comp’d) said there was supposed to be a fourth flavor in the form of Tropical Fruit, however that one wasn’t in the box. Yet, no biggie, as these three are already plenty of variety to sample. Besides, I’ll have a taste of the Tropical style later in Anahola Granola “cereal” form.


Left to right, that’s Anahola Granola’s Original, Chocolate Chip and Mango Ginger MacaMania Bars.

Flip ’em over…


Left to right, that’s Anahola Granola’s Original, Chocolate Chip and Mango Ginger MacaMania Bars (underside)

Notice the Hawaiian Honey (not da’ kine at the corner of River and Hotel St. at 2am) and brown sugar slightly caramelized.

OK, let’s start with the Original MacaMania Bar first…


Anahola Granola Original MacaMania Bar

And? Tastes pretty much exactly as I expected, having the fantastic natural-tasting blend of Anahola Granola Original, albeit the bar being a bit sweeter. As the name suggests, there’s also a generous blend of crushed Macadamia Nuts that you really can taste, making it deserving of the “MacaMania” name for sure.

Texture-wise, it’s dense as a granola bar should, while being surprisingly, CHEWY. Really, more chewy than I expected, being their Original Granola “cereal” version is so crispy-crunchy. I was actually expecting it to be super hard and crunchy like the Nature Valley Granola Bars, however not the case. And I don’t think it had anything to do with climate conditions, as I had them kept in a cool, dry place. Not that I have a problem with them being chewy, as it’s still fantastic. Another plus side of that chewiness is that it stays together well, not having loose granola all over your lap.

Let’s try the Chocolate Chip MacaMania Bar…


Anahola Granola Chocolate Chip MacMania Bar

Same attributes as the Original Bar, however the chocolate flavor was rather subtle, as if the chocolate chips had melted into the bar when they were baked, as I didn’t get any actual chips of chocolate in this particular bar. Which is fine, as I’m not a big chocolate fan anyhow, so the subtlety actually worked well for me.

Finally, let’s try the Mango Ginger Bar….

Anahola Granola Mango Ginger MacMania Bar

The small chunks of dried mango give it sort of a nondescript, yet welcome fruitiness, while you can taste mild undertones of the dried ginger pieces, giving a slightly medicinal flavor profile, in an exotic way. I think if you gave someone the Mango Ginger MacMania Bar without saying what it was, they’d say it tastes deliciously exotic, yet I doubt they’d be able to pinpoint what exactly is in it. The ginger, just MAYBE. They also might mistaken the Mac nuts for cashews though, as there’s a bit more going on with this one.

I’ll rank the Original in 1st, Mango Ginger in 2nd and Chocolate “Chip” in 3rd place.  Really, I’d be a happy camper with a bunch of any of these Anahola Granola MacMania Bars stuffed in my backpack!

Moving along, let’s check… oh wait, what? You want me to try the MacaMania Bars with Biscoff “Cookie Butter” Spread? Well ask, and you shall receive!…


MacaMania Bars talking to each other: “Yo’ Mikey, Yo’ Joey, he isn’t going there, is he? Yup, Louie, he sure is.”

Yup, I went there.


Anahola Granola MacMania Bars topped with Biscoff® Spread

And? It pretty much tastes like an Anahola Granola MacaMania Bar with Biscoff Spread, a.k.a. “Cookie Butter” on it, no more, no less. In other words, it didn’t really do anything for it. Actually, it made it too sweet, IMO. I mean, if you’re a sweets freak, hey knock yourself out, but for me? Over the top. Too sweet and WAY too much going on. Buy hey, yo’ Louie, at least I tried!

OK, REALLY moving along, let’s check out the Anahola Granola Trail Mix.

Bust ’em out…


Anahola Granola Trail Mix

This is described as “A healthy snack made with our tasty Anahola Granola combined with whole seeds, almonds and dried fruit loaded with antioxidants.”

Anahola Granola Trail Mix Ingredients: Anahola Granola (Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Hawaiian Honey, Sunflower Seeds, Unsweetened Coconut, expeller-pressed non-GMO Canola Oil, Sesame Seeds, Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder (Fortified with Vitamins A & D), Pure Vanilla), Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Raisins, Almonds, Banana Chips (Banana, Coconut Oil, Sugar, Banana Flavor), Dried Cranberry (Cranberry, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Dried Papaya (Unsulphured), Dried Pineapple (Unsulphured), Coconut Flake (Unsweetened).

And? Ono! What do you expect? Only the best, again! As I’ve described their Original recipe, you can truly taste the freshness and top quality ingredients that went into this trail mix. And best of all, there’s no added salt or refined sugar, so it tastes pure and natural. The combination of the various dried fruits, nuts and seeds, along with the lightly sweetened crispy Anahola Granola is completely harmonious in their Trail Mix. Winner!

Saving the best for last, we have Anahola Granola Tropical blend…

This is described as “Tropical Granola is made from sun ripened papaya, sweet coconut and juicy pineapple with whole grain oats, healthy seeds and Hawaiian honey.”

Tropical Granola Ingredients: Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Hawaiian Honey, Sunflower Seeds, Macadamia Nuts, Unsweetened Coconut, expeller-pressed non-GMO Canola Oil, Sesame Seeds, Dried Papaya (Unsulphured), Dried Pineapple (Unsulphured), Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder (Fortified with Vitamins A & D), Pure Vanilla.

Let’s open it up…

And? Like the Original Anahola Granola, this one is FANTASTIC! This seriously takes the Original and hits it way out of the park! YUMMM-ERRRRZZZZ!

Some of the almost-whole pieces of Macadamia Nuts were candied in Honey, which really gave them a nice toffee-like flavor profile. Then you get hit with the various dried fruits, which adds further dimension to the already multidimensional blend of Sunflower and Sesame Seeds, plus again, a generous helping of chopped Walnuts.

Notice it comes packed in its own handy-dandy plastic bowl, where you could simply add milk and have a convenient granola cereal ready on the go. Well, this time I’m going to do it the “fancier” way and serve it with the addition of a fresh Hawaii-grown Apple Banana and Chobani Greek Yogurt…

Serve it up..


Anahola Tropical Granola & Greek Yogurt Fruit Bowl

Awwwwe, so purrr-retty!

And? What do you think? Freakin’ AWESOME! In the style of Guy Fieri, “You get the cool, creamy and tangy from the Yogurt, followed by the crunchy-sweet earthy Granola, then you get hit by the robust seeds ‘n nuts, some candy-like tones from the dried fruits, finished by the also crunchy and acidic fresh Washington Apple and exotic ice cream-like Hawaiian Banana slices and…. that my friends is what you call BANANAS! And “bananas” is a good thing.” LOL!

Seriously though, that was one STELLAR combination of Tropical Anahola Granola, Greek Yogurt and Fresh Fruit. Definitely go that route if you pick some up. It also gave me a good energy boost to start my day. Nice!

Summing it up, no matter which product you choose from them, you will be very pleased by the freshness, quality, and most importantly TASTE of Anahola Granola.

Special thanks again to Becky and Stewart for sending the Anahola Granola treats. You Kauai folks rock!

What? Anahola Granola MacMania Bars, Trail Mix and Tropical Granola
Where can I get it? Online and at fine retailers all around Hawaii
Big Shaka to: Naturally sweetened with Hawaiian Honey (no refined sugar!). Not too sweet, but jusssss’ right! MacaMania Bars rightfully deserve the name, with its generous helping of crushed Macadamia Nuts that you CAN taste from the first to last bite! Generous helping of chunky, lightly sweetened walnuts, unsalted sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Dried fruits and Honey-candied Macadamia Nuts hit the Tropical Granola right out the park! No added salt or sugar in the Trail Mix (Thank God!). Tastes like high quality natural food products (because they are!). Nice ‘n crunchy, not stale at all, like it had just been made yesterday. The Aloha Spirit of Anahola Granola owners Becky and Stewart. Ono ‘kine BBQ @ Anahola Farmers Market.
No shaka to: Biscoff® Spread on Granola Bars (way too sweet, and hardly matches). Granola bars that talk to each other with “mobster” accents. lol
The Tasty Island rating: 5 Ume Musubi

(5) Superb. Worthy of repeat purchases. (Broke Da’ Mout’!)

Official website: AnaholaGranola.com

Related links:
Anahola Granola – Trip Advisor user reviews
Anahola Hawaiian Land Farmers Market – Trip Advisor user reviews
Anahola Farmers Market – Yelp user reviews
Kauai’s Official Travel Site – GoHawaii.com/Kauai
Costco Made in Hawaii Eats – The Tasty Island

P.S. Here’s a shot of Waikiki when we had that crazy flash flood warning/thunderstorm this past Sunday…

And here’s that same view a few days later on a sunny afternoon, where you can clearly see Tantalus Drive and Manoa Valley (with the Ala Wai Canal in foreground)…

10 thoughts on “Anahola Granola Mania

  • December 18, 2013 at 6:14 am
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    I think I’d like the original bar, or some of the granola from the other post. I’m not really into trail mix, dried ginger or dried tropical fruits. The main thing that had me salivating was the carambola slice (even though it looks WAY unripe). I’m going to have to go out and buy some star fruit this week, though it’s absurdly expensive here in the non-tropics.

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  • December 18, 2013 at 6:59 am
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    Cool. That yogurt dish is the most popular way to eat Anahola Granola among the dedicated health food people on Kauai. It is the breakfast of champions. BTW, Anahola Granola is very trusted in the always suspicious vegetarian/health food community here on Kauai.

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  • December 19, 2013 at 4:51 am
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    @ Pat – “suspicious” vegetarian/health food community?

    @ h – The Starfruit garnish was admittedly semi-ripe, but still had enough sweetness to be edible. Otherwise unripe Starfruit — like most fruits — are somewhat bitter/tart/bland. When the other Starfruit I had did finally ripen, wow was it sweet ‘n juicy!

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    • December 19, 2013 at 8:34 am
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      I love carambola/starfruit! I grew up near(ish) a carambola winery. They made some good stuff (they were also on the way to the lychee farms, double treat).

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      • December 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm
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        h,

        Starfruit Wine? Now THAT I gotta’ try! Lychee Wine would be interesting, too! A popular mixed drink here is LycheeTini.

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        • December 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm
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          I’ve tried LycheeTinis, but they usually used canned Lychees. Which are to a fresh lychee what a maraschino cherry is to a ripe, red cherry. I absolutely love fresh Lychees. They are my favorite food in the world. When I was a kid, my parents would drive down to homestead (an area south of miami, kind of halfway between Miami and Key Largo) several times during the 2 or 3 weeks they were in season, and buy lbs and lbs and lbs in big brown paper bags. I’d spend those weeks eating Lychee and nothing but Lychee. I probably had it coming out of my pores. They were the best food weeks of the year. Now that I no longer live in a tropical area, Lychees are about $7-10 per lb, if I can find them, and that makes for a very sad h. Sometimes, when I remember, I’ll buy a huge wholesale sized box shipped from the farm. It’s a little less expensive and gives me the same weeks of Lychee experience of my childhood.

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    • December 19, 2013 at 10:38 am
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      Indeed. On Kauai many vegetarians are highly discerning, being careful to avoid GMO, pesticides, or even big corporate farm produce. They are very suspicious of packaged food etc.
      I did not mean to imply the vegetarians were suspicious themselves. lol

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  • December 19, 2013 at 10:14 am
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    Aloha……Braddah Pomai….you have one of the bestestest web sites for us locals living on da BIG rock……”mainland”…..i gotta make a comment on what “pat” mentioned for a yogurt dish. I just happened to read on da internet today that Chobani is being discontinued from Whole Foods for its use of milk that comes from dairy cows fed with GMO animal feed (genetically modified organisms). Just want to let anyone there who is suspicious there to have up to date info… :)

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  • December 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm
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    @ Kelly and pay – I read that Chobani Whole Foods news article. How ironic that broke right after I posted a “health” dish using their yogurt.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/business/whole-foods-wont-sell-chobani-greek-yogurt-as-of-early-next-year.html?_r=0

    I don’t know what Kauai has to do with vegetarians being any less or more discerning. Surely we have those here on Oahu as well, or anywhere else. It all comes down to income level. How much can you afford non-GMO/Organic foods?

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