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Favorite Granola Brands?

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

    www.thelunchbelle.com

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Cheese Boy

              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.

            2. I like Heartland...

              1. 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.