After the release of their new video, many are finding out how habit-forming the friars’ Monastery Made Granola really is. Some well-known Catholics shared their new habit to remind people that Granola Habit Day is coming up on September 19. On that day, all are asked to take a picture showing how they like to eat their granola and share it on social media with our hashtags. #GranolaHaibtDay #GranolaHabit #MonasteryMade
The next granola video will also debut September 19 – don’t miss the friars in action!
Lisa Hendey, author of The Grace of Yes (Ave Maria Press) and The Chime Travelers (Franciscan Media) and founder of CatholicMom.com.
Tommy Tighe, is known as the The Catholic Hipster, and is ½ of the hosting team of the new show Repent and Submit on Catholic TV.
Kendra Tierney, Catholic author, speaker, and graphic designer, writes the popular blog Catholic All Year.
Holy Granola! How Friars Ended up Selling this Healthy Snack
The Holy Land Franciscan Friars didn’t expect their granola to become a “thing,” but then they heard people describing it as “incredible,” “irresistible,” and “addictive.” When they noticed the granola was a top seller in their Holy Land Gift Shop and online, they decided to promote it more heavily in the hopes that it can help more Christians live and thrive in the Holy Land.
Beehive Blend Granola sold at the Holy Land Gift Shop at the Franciscan Monastery
Located on a 110-acre property near the Brookland area of Washington, D.C., the Franciscan Monastery is known for its beautiful gardens where they grow food for local organizations and where bees buzz around the apiary.
Selling local honey and making all-natural granola to sell in their Holy Land Gift Shop just became a natural fit.
The friars started making granola in 2015. They were looking for a healthy snack for the friars and the Monastery visitors, so they asked the catering company they work with to come up with some recipes.
Lourdes makes some Monastery Made Granola for the friars.
Who Makes It?
Around the same time the friars were taste-testing recipes, a single mother stopped by the Monastery looking for a job. The friars hired her to come to the Monastery once a month to make the granola for the friars and for the gift shop so they could have a snack to sell to the visitors; there are no concessions available on the property for visitors.
She eventually moved out of the area, but another great cook, Lourdes, who currently works in the Monastery kitchen, is now making the granola. Lourdes played herself in the Monastery Made Granola videos now being released on social media.
Do Friars Really Eat It?
Yes! The granola is definitely #MonasteryMade and #FriarApproved. There’s always a large bin of granola with a big scooper in the friars’ kitchen. Many eat it for breakfast or for a snack.
Monastery Made Granola inside an olive wood bowl made by Holy Land Christians
How Granola Helps the Holy Land
The overall mission of the Holy Land Franciscans is to care for the Christian shrines in the Holy Land and the people who live in the region. They care for the people of the region, Christian and non-Christian, through schools, housing, elder care, and emergency relief to refugees.
As a part of that mission, they run the online Holy Land Gift Shop, which helps provide for Christians in the Holy Land through dignity not just charity. The mission of the Holy Land Gift Shop at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is to support Christian artisans and their families, providing the hope and help they need to remain in the Holy Land.
Granola Video Fun Fact!
Br. Gregg, who’s one of the friars in the Monastery Made Granola videos, gives church tours at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. So, if you were to visit the Monastery, you might get him as your tour guide!