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 mentees Mariem Sanoe and Candice Ricks tried Margaret’s snack, quickly became fans, and soon after members of Brooklyn Granola LLC. Together, their motto “Snacking with care” is what we all should aim to do.
Mission Statement: To inspire and promote healthy eating and living.
How? We make snacking healthy by creating delicious and uniquely flavored plant-based snacks. Our first creation is vegan granola ball snacks. Think of us as urban vegan gourmet. With 94%-96% of people snacking 4-6 times a day, we believe that snacking healthy is more important now than ever.
We support mentoring relationships that inspire community college students. We are strong advocates and grateful benefactors of mentoring relationships. Thus, when I (Margaret Barrow) started this company I needed a WHY -- and my why is that I want to make this company financially viable and support community college mentoring programs and services. Mentors saved my life, provided guidance and gave me hope. Strong and healthy mentoring relationships can make a significant difference in the healthy choices we make in life.
Core Values: As a company, our values mirror who we are: Caring, Honest, Reliable, Respectful, Hardworking, Accountable, and Committed to creating addictive healthy snacks with attitude and a bold Brooklyn style.
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 also a strong advocate of creating healthy mentor relationships. 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.
I am Mariem Sanoe, Co-Owner of Brooklyn Granola LLC. I am a Rutgers University alumna. 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. As an immigrant to the United States I am excited to be part of a company and experience that is teaching me the benefits of healthy eating habits. Brooklyn Granola LLC has inspired me to spread the importance of healthy eating habits. 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 her mentees.