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Favorite Granola Brands?

chocolatetartguy Jun 24, 2009 11:54 AM

Recently, I started thinking about granola again after many years. My favorite was a "homemade" one that I used to get at the Physis health club in San Francisco over 20 years ago. It was very toasty.

Are there any good commercial brands?

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  1. LeahBaila RE: chocolatetartguy Jun 24, 2009 11:57 AM

    Not sure if you have "Le Pain Quotidien," but their granola is delicious.


    1. goodhealthgourmet RE: chocolatetartguy Jun 24, 2009 12:25 PM

      i know this isn't what you want to hear, but nothing you buy in a bag or box will be as good as homemade.

      having said that, i've heard good things about Cafe Fanny and La Brea Bakery (though it's pricey).

      1. Pia RE: chocolatetartguy Jun 24, 2009 12:35 PM

        I like Udi's, which I get in the organic section at my local supermarket. My favorite is the Hawaiian variety with gingered macadamia nuts and coconut.

        1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: chocolatetartguy Jun 24, 2009 12:53 PM

          I'm quite fond of Trader Joe's Pecan Praline granola.

          1. Cheese Boy RE: chocolatetartguy Jun 24, 2009 09:47 PM

            Bear Naked is a good commercial brand
            http://www.bearnaked.com/ , but here on the East coast I've come to really love the Pumpkin Spice granola I get from the bulk bins at Fairway Market. It aint cheap, but neither is Bear Naked really. I just love that pumpkin spice taste. : )

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              spellweaver16 RE: Cheese Boy Jun 24, 2009 10:01 PM

              I like Bear Naked. It's not oversweet and it really feels hearty. It's not like eating candy, like most commercial granolas I've tried.

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              jbsiegel RE: chocolatetartguy Jun 25, 2009 03:52 AM

              I like Heartland...

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                comestible RE: chocolatetartguy Jun 25, 2009 06:35 AM

                There's a regional bakery in New Jersey called The Baker, and they do a pretty darn good one, available in the NYC area. Expensive, though, as are most of the good ones. Surprising how expensive per pound good granola has become.

                One problem with many granolas (IMO) is the low toasting level. Many of these can be improved at home by spreading them on a baking tray and toasting them further in your oven.

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