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July 8, 2017

Café Fanny Organic Granola

by Anne Paddock

Back in 1984, Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame opened a casual cafe called Café Fanny in Berkeley, California with a simple menu that included her mother’s recipe for organic granola. For the next three decades, the organic granola was the mainstay that customers could count on year after year.

Although Café Fanny closed in 2012, the recipe lives on with Cassandra Chen, the owner of CC Made, a maker of artisan caramels, popcorn, and sauces that bought the original recipe, kept it the same (why change a good thing?), updated the packaging, and added two new flavors to the mix: Flaxseed and Cran-Coconut.

The Original flavor of Café Fanny Organic Granola is made with eight organic ingredients:  thick-rolled oats, whole wheat flour, honey, sunflower oil, almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and raisins. Crunchy and flavorful, Café Fanny Organic Granola is not too sweet because there is no added sugar. Instead, honey is the sweetener of choice.

Enjoy with your favorite milk (Unsweetened Milkadamia – a macadamia nut milk that is insanely creamy – is a great addition; available at most Whole Foods Markets or on-line at, as a topping on yogurt, ice cream, and even as a topping for a fruit crisp.

Cran-Coconut starts with the same base of organic ingredients – thick-cut rolled oats, whole wheat flour, honey, and sunflower oil to which three additional organic ingredients are added:  coconut chips, rolled quinoa, and dried cranberries.

The Flaxseed flavor also starts with the organic thick-cut rolled oats, whole wheat flour, honey and sunflower but instead of dried fruit, only organic almonds and organic flaxseed are added.

Café Fanny Organic Granola can be purchased on-line at Each 12 ounce box is $8 with a minimum purchase of 3 boxes, plus shipping. The granola can also be purchased at Dean & DeLuca in New York City for $12, which is more expensive but there are no shipping charges.

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