Kansas City’s local granola.

I was able to get my hands on a bag of this stuff and it is great. Thank You, Valerie!! The “Original Mix” granola is made with almonds, pecans and cranberries. It is a great combination of crunch and chewy. I have been making a yogurt parfait for breakfast with this just about every morning since I got the bag! I will add the recipe at the end of this post, but first a little more about Hippie Chow.

Last summer, when Valerie Jennings started making granola at home as a snack for her boyfriend to take to work, she never imagined it would turn into a business. But as others tasted it she was soon getting requests from family, friends and co-workers for it so she started to think about turning it into a business venture.

Valerie started selling Hippie Chow granola at the Overland Park farmers market on May 1, 2010. It was so exciting for to see people try a sample, smile then buy a bag. Since then, Hippie Chow has established a loyal following of regular customers including yours truly!

Hippie Chow’s mission is to make simple, honest food. Use natural ingredients (no artificial flavors or preservatives) and make everything by hand in small batches to ensure premium quality and freshness. They use local suppliers when possible. For example, their honey comes from Heartland Honey, a fellow vendor at the Overland Park farmers market. They also recently started purchasing their pecans from Missouri Northern Pecan Growers in Nevada, MO. They are also on track to start using Kansas-produced organic rolled oats in the near future.

Hippie Chow has been accepted into the Kansas Department of Commerce’s “Simply Kansas” program. This means that over 75 percent of the ingredients or productions are guaranteed to be from Kansas.

Hippie Chow has three flavors will make up their core granola product line. The “Original Mix” granola is made with almonds, pecans and cranberries and is available now. “Just Chocolate”granola made with….well, chocolate and “Peanut Butter” granola made with black walnuts, coconut and banana chips, will be available August 14th.

Hippie Chow granola is available for purchase at Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard at 95th and Mission in Leawood, KS. Foo’s offers Hippie Chow granola by the bag or as a topping on their yogurt parfaits.

Beginning in September, Hippie Chow granola will be available for purchase at Dean & Deluca stores nationwide.

Visit Hippie Chow’s website for more information.

UPDATE – Hippie Chow is now labeled under Granola Jones. For information you can check out the Granola Jones Facebook page.

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Enjoy the parfait recipe.

In Good Taste,

Hippie Chow Yogurt Parfait

1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup Hippie Chow granola
1/2 bananna sliced
1 handful fresh blueberries

In a parfait glass spoon a couple of scoops of yogurt into bottom of glass, layer a few banana slices, a few blueberries and 2 tablespoons granola. Repeat this process until all ingredients are used. Makes a delicious breakfast or snack!