After eating granola bars for over three decades, Margaret Barrow decided to stop complaining about her granola-snacking choices and create her own. As the only vegan among her family members and friends, she envisioned making a treat they all could enjoy. She wanted to avoid crumbling, messy granola bars that dropped half-eaten into the bottom of bags and purses. Margaret found a unique way to turn her toasted granola into balls and shared small batches each week with hungry college students and faculty. They all agreed that these granola balls had a moist, chewy texture with a just-right amount of sweetness. Her mentee Mariem Sanoe tried Margaret’s snack, quickly became a fan, and soon after a co-founder of Brooklyn Granola LLC. Together, their motto “Snacking with care” is what we all should aim to do.
Mission Statement: To create delicious and healthy granola-snacking experiences that lead to supporting strong health conscious communities.
Core Values: As a company, our values mirror who we are: Caring, Honest, Reliable, Respectful, Hardworking, Accountable, and Committed to creating addictive healthy granola balls—snacks with a little more attitude.
I am Margaret Barrow, Founder of Brooklyn Granola LLC. I am a college professor, vegetarian, and new vegan. I am passionate about eating and cooking healthy meals and snacks for my family, students, and friends. I am a strong advocate of creating strong communities. To me, caring about others means caring about the whole person. I’m not just the creator of these delicious, nutritious granola balls, but I’m also a customer! As I head into the next phase of my life, one of my top goals is to connect Brooklyn Granola LLC with a national mentoring program that mirrors my beliefs in the power of mentoring to save and nurture lives, no matter how young or old. In creating Brooklyn Granola LLC, we are able to demonstrate caring by providing people with the option of “snacking with care”— choosing real food that nourishes their body and their life.
I am Mariem Sanoe, Co-Owner of Brooklyn Granola LLC. I am a college student at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Though not a vegan, I am a vegetarian six months every year. I consider myself an eat-a-tarian, which means I’ll pretty much eat anything that’s healthy and delicious. I am also a public speaker, a panelist, and a writer in my spare time. As an immigrant to the United States at the age of 8, I learned the benefits of healthy eating habits by seeing how my mother’s health problems stemmed from eating unhealthy traditional African food. Brooklyn Granola LLC has helped me to spread the importance of healthy eating habits—especially snacking with care. This experience has also enriched my understanding of how critical mentoring is. Yes, Brooklyn Granola is very much a story of the journey of a mentor and mentee.