Food Artisans: Ambrosial Granola
Hariclia Makoulis came to the United States from Greece as a young adult, but her culinary heart remained in her homeland. So when she started a company to sell her granola in 2000, she named it Ambrosial Granola after the mythical food of the ancient Greek gods.
"The Mediterranean diet has been proven to be one of the most healthy ways to eat," she says, "and I pay a lot of attention to our ingredients for nutrition."
All of her products are certified USDA organic, a process she says was "very difficult and time consuming." In addition, all ingredients are verified non-GMO. She uses no refined sweeteners and no added oils, though she says, "I trust the oils in nuts, seeds, and grains." All of her products display detailed nutrition information.
"I'm passionate about giving the best," she adds. "This is what I made for my children when they were growing up."
Her Grecian Grove Granola contains apricots, cranberries, and golden raisins, along with pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, and flax seeds. The Venetian Vineyard Granola, which was declared Prevention magazine's Healthiest Cereal 2011, is packed with walnuts, dates, and cashews in addition to flax meal and sunflower and sesame seeds.
Though Ambrosial originally only made granola, Mokoulis realized that there were not many good, domestically made muesli products available, and introduced Athenian Harvest Muesli. The cereal is raw and not sweetened with anything other than dried fruit. The goji berries,apricots, dates, golden raisins, hazelnuts, and pumpkin seeds make up 37% of the muesli.
"Some granolas, you just see specks of this, specks of that," Mokoulis says of the nuts, fruits, and seeds, "We like to see the whole thing."
To purchase directly or for a list of suppliers, visit Ambrosial Granola.
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