Q: Where did the name 18 Rabbits come from?
The name 18 Rabbits was inspired by a real childhood memory of company founder Alison Bailey Vercruysse. One night, she and her siblings forgot to bring in their pet bunny Blackjack from the backyard. Blackjack decided to make the most of it and that very night had a romantic rendezvous with the wild rabbit just beyond fence. Before they knew it, Alison and her family had not 1 but 18 rabbits hopping around the backyard with them as the smell of their mother’s homemade granola wafted out of the kitchen window. The memory of both of these two distinctly different but interconnected events gave Alison the idea to start 18 Rabbits – a place where delicious nourishing food meets a childhood sense of magic, discovery and abundance.
Q: There are many granola products in the market, why should I choose 18 Rabbits?
Our granola cereals and bars are made with the purest ingredients available so that we can offer you foods that are both delectable and nourishing. We are committed to sourcing the finest sustainably grown ingredients from local producers and artisans like TCHO, Burroughs Family Farm, Meduri Farms, Straus Family Creamery, Butternut Mountain Farm and San Joaquin Fig.
Q: What is the fat in 18 Rabbits? Can I eat it if I’m trying to lose weight?
Our granola contains unsaturated fat, the ‘good for you’ or ’healthy fats’. We like to call it “happy fat.” Unsaturated fat has several nutritional benefits, including the ability to decrease cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. The saturated fat found in 18 Rabbits granola comes from organic, unsweetened coconut, which actually helps raise levels of good cholesterol. Diets high in “happy fats” have proven to be successful in helping to achieve and maintain healthy weight.
Additionally, 18 Rabbits foods are high in fiber and protein. Foods high in fiber and protein are satiating, which means they can help keep your cravings under control. Remember that unhealthy snacks containing refined sugars and carbohydrates which can cause spikes in blood sugar levels and lead to additional cravings. So the next time you feel the need to nibble, give your taste buds and your body a treat by choosing an 18 Rabbits granola bar!
Q: Can I eat 18 Rabbits if I have a wheat allergy?
There is no wheat or wheat derivatives in any of the ingredients used in 18 Rabbits products. Wheat can be difficult to digest; It is often highly processed, turns to sugar quickly, and can cause bloating. It isn’t easy to create a satisfying and tasty food that’s wheat-free, but we at 18 Rabbits feel that it is important to ensure that our products make you feel as good as they taste.
Q: Is 18 Rabbits safe for people who can’t eat gluten?
All 18 Rabbits granola and bars contain oats. While oats do not contain gluten, we use certified organic oats which may have been milled on the same equipment as wheat. For this reason, our oats are NOT considered GLUTEN FREE.
Q: What if I’m allergic to nuts and wheat?
Our granola bars contain tree nuts and may contain traces of wheat. Good manufacturing practices are used to segregate ingredients in a facility that processes other products that may contain peanuts, tree nuts, wheat (gluten), milk, soy and/or eggs.
Our Jr. bars are nut free, but may contain traces of wheat. Good manufacturing practices are used to segregate ingredients in a facility that processes other products, which may contain peanuts, tree nuts, wheat (gluten), milk soy, and/or eggs.
Q: I need to watch my sugar intake. Can I still eat 18 Rabbits granola and bars?
Our granola is sweetened with a just a few grams of maple syrup and honey, which are natural unrefined sugars. Unrefined sugars are less processed than refined sugars, so they have less impact on blood sugar levels. As far as total sugar content, 18 Rabbits has less sugar per serving than any other granola on the market, making it a great choice if you are watching your sugar intake. Our recipes were developed with a diabetic consultant and were created to be diabetic-friendly.
Q: Is 18 Rabbits granola good for kids to eat?
YES! Have you tried our new Felicitas Granola and Jr. Bars? With no nuts or dairy, they are allergy friendly but still packed with protein from super-seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and chia seeds. In four scrumptious flavors with fun characters, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy!
If you have nut eaters in your house, we have also found that kids love the taste of our granola and 18 Rabbits bars- and parents love the nutritional value that comes along with them. Our granola bars are great to pack with lunch, bring to a soccer game, take on a bike ride, or to eat as an after school snack, and the chewy texture makes them easy for kids to eat.
Q: Are 18 Rabbits bars energy bars?
They are not like the conventional energy bars you see today- many of which contain additives and fillers to drive a nutrition panel such as whey protein isolate and soy protein isolate (often unpronounceable) “magic” ingredients. Our granola bars provide sustenance and wholesome energy with fiber, protein and healthy fat. We believe in the power of holistic energy that comes from eating real, whole foods with simple and nourishing ingredients.
Q: Are your products sulfur dioxide free?
Yes, 18 Rabbits is sulfur dioxide free. Sulfur dioxide preserves the color in fruit– it’s what keeps dried apricots orange. It is also a toxin, and our bodies often have difficulty processing it. The fruit in all of our products is free of sulfur dioxide. In fact, any food that is certified organic must NOT contain fruit treated with sulfur dioxide.
Q: Are your foods non-GMO?
Yes, 18 Rabbits foods are non-GMO! We believe that you are what you eat, so eating pure, natural foods is imperative to living a healthy lifestyle. GMO is the abbreviation for genetically modified organisms. GMO seeds, and the foods that are grown from them, have been artificially manipulated and therefore are not sustainable. No food that is certified organic may contain GMOs. We are currently working on obtaining the non-gmo verified certification.