The Hudson Henry Baking Company of Palmyra, Virginia makes an award-winning granola handcrafted with incredible ingredients: rolled oats, maple syrup, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, pecans, brown sugar, organic coconut, sliced almonds, and sea salt.
Awarded the Sofi Gold (the Oscars of food awards), the Hudson Henry (the names of the two sons of the founders of the company) Maple, Pecans, & Coconut Granola is everything you want in a granola: flavor, flavor, and more flavor along with real ingredients, low in sugar (5 grams per serving), low in sodium (65 mg per serving), and high in protein (3 grams per serving). Read more
After all these years, we are still Crunchy Granola People.
At the southeastern tip of Vermont is a town called Brattleboro where a family-owned bakery of self-described “crunchy granola people” makes some of the most delicious and nutritious granolas on the market.
Using only non-GMO certified organic ingredients, Back Roads Granola is also noteworthy for what they don’t use: sugar, salt, canola oil, and no wheat products (all the granolas are certified gluten-free). Instead, the company uses Vermont maple syrup and honey to add a slight sweetness to the granola along with a touch of sunflower oil. Read more
Not all granola is created equal.
When I hear the word “buckwheat,” I am reminded of “The Little Rascals” and “Our Gang” – the popular short films about a group of neighborhood kids (Spanky, Alfalfa, Chubby, Breezy, Darla, Stymie, and of course, Buckwheat), their dog (Pete), and beloved teacher (Miss Crabtree) that was filmed in the 1930’s and enjoyed syndication on television for decades after.
But, buckwheat is actually a very popular food in Russia and China (owing to its short growing season) that serves as a staple similar to quinoa in Peru, rice in Asian countries, and corn in Latin America. Many Americans think buckwheat belongs to the wheat family, as its name suggests but buckwheat is a gluten-free seed packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And, therefore a perfect ingredient for granola. Read more
The granola section in many grocery stores is starting to look like the cereal aisle of a Grand Union circa 1980 but instead of cereal, the shelves are filled with every type of granola known to mankind. Most people are thrilled with all the new choices of this traditional breakfast food though there are some naysayers who claim the last thing we need is another artisan granola. Not so and I’ll tell you why. Read more
Most granola contains added oil and sweeteners so it’s really important to read the label to know what’s in the food you’re eating. At the top of the list of ingredients to avoid are refined sugars and oils with saturated fat (note: there are two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated and within unsaturated there are two subgroups: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated). Unsaturated fats – both poly (i.e. sunflower oil, safflower oil, nuts and seeds) and mono (i.e. olive oil, walnut oil, canola oil, peanut butter) – are a better choice in moderation than saturated fats (i.e. butter, palm oil). Read more
As true as our name suggests, we use only 100% natural, non-GMO, wild cultivated ingredients. No syrups, no extracts, and no oils– just pure, whole foods.
Whereas most granola contains oats as the primary ingredient, Wildway Grain-Free Granola relies on organic dates, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dry roasted cashews, pecans, and vanilla bean as a base to which other dried fruits, nuts, and spices are added to make a delicious granola that is free of sweeteners, oil, dairy, grains, oats, and soy. Certified gluten-free, Wildway Grain-Free Granola is a soft and chewy granola that is naturally sweet.
Wildway Grain-Free Granola comes in four varieties: Read more
Our Daily Eats Granola is unlike any granola you’ve ever had with a complexity of flavors that makes breakfast a meal to look forward to. Made with extra virgin olive oil and maple syrup, the granola is packed with oats, nuts, and seeds, depending on the variety. But, what makes Our Daily Eats Granola different from other brands is the addition of wholesome and natural ingredients that add bursts of flavor: orange and lemon peel, raspberries, coconut, unsulfured dried fruit, cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, sea salt, and green tea. Read more
Flax Granola by Columbia County Bread and Granola (CCB and G) wins the prize for the most unique and forward thinking granola on the market by making a line of granola without added oils and challenging the traditional recipe for granola that calls for oats as a base. Instead, the company relies on flax seeds, baking them slowly at a low temperature to preserve the integrity of flax’s rich omega 3 fatty acids and to provide the crunchy texture granola fans have come to expect. But that’s not all. The company uses spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves to give the granola a slightly sweet yet savory flavor.
Granola Lab is a very special and exceptional oat-based granola made in Brooklyn, New York (which seems to have more innovative food companies per capita than anywhere else). All natural and preservative-free, Granola Lab Granola is bold, super flavorful and full of healthy oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and spices guaranteed to wake up your taste buds with every bite. Dairy-free, wheat-free, GMO-free and certified delicious, Granola Lab makes five varieties of not-too-sweet and savory granola, all of which can be enjoyed for breakfast, an afternoon pick-me-up, sprinkled on yogurt or ice cream, or as a perfect snack any time of day. Read more
This past week while grocery shopping, my vegan daughter convinced me to try a new brand of granola made by a company called Purely Elizabeth. She didn’t have to twist my arm even though we have at least a half-dozen bags of granola in our cereal cabinet, each one lovely in its own special way.
In our house, granola has a special importance and is given the status of both diamonds and water. Valued for its clarity in ingredients and adaptability (almost everything tastes better with granola just as diamonds look great with nearly anything), granola is the one food that tastes heavenly in its many variations and is a source of sustenance, just like water. Read more