Published on November 27th, 2015 | by Susanne Mikler


Kitchen Nostalgia: Granolahhh

Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. By its very definition, nostalgia conjures up the memories of comfort food.

Kitchen_Nostalgia_1Some culinary historians will trace the roots of granola back to the late 1700’s when Dr. Sylvester Graham promoted good nutrition and eating habits which included a form of what we today call granola. And over the years since, granola has resurfaced in many forms including what we know today. But most of us will remember the sweet aromas of baking granola in our grandmother’s kitchen; this culinary staple was often used as a topping for desserts, as a cereal or just on its own when a healthy snack was in order.

Flash forward to 2013 and meet Fran Kruse. Fran had been dwelling on an idea for some time, and like many foodies who find themselves being asked by friends, family and even strangers for a particular specialty item, Fran decided to finally take the leap from the back burner into the oven! Not Yer Granny’s Granola was born. A business plan with goals and benchmarks was created and the ovens were ready to be fired up.

Kitchen_Nostalgia2Fran, and her business and life partner, Mark, began taking the steps to turn their idea and recipes into a business venture. Using the basis for good, clean eating (simple, real, natural ingredients), Fran developed her granola recipes and started to spread the word. Schlepping samples and her sunny positive demeanour to numerous local fairs, markets and shows, Fran’s granola was a hit with anyone who tried it. It’s comfort food to the max and delicious at the same time.

Fran started to experiment with different flavour profiles in her temporary home at Liaison College in Barrie. Using the school’s kitchen, Fran and Mark would lovingly prepare batches of the favourites: Maple Me Happy, Pumpkin Pizzazz and Hello Orange. The Javanola recipe that includes Espresso is also a fan favourite. The resulting demand from local retailers was a bittersweet event. Fran and Mark would need to find larger, permanent facilities to work from. Not Yer Granny’s Granola was not just a back burner notion any longer!

In July 2015 Fran and Mark officially began to bake in a brand new facility and are now ready to expand their customer base and product line. From an idea that was hatched from a love for life, people and food, Fran is living her dream.

Trying something different like Not Yer Granny’s Granola is now an adventure for your taste buds.

Susanne MiklerThanks Fran for making an old fashioned topping into a healthy, sustaining treat for all ages.

Susanne Mikler
Co-founder Liaison College

About the Author

Susanne Mikler

a cook with a passion for food, was nominated for 2006 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.Her special interests include Cuisine Canada Culinary, Canadian Chef Educators Association, and Women in Food Industry Management. Susanne is the current president of WFIM: Women in Food Management.She is committed to improving the culinary arts in Canada and passionate about her role mentoring chefs and chefs-in-training.

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