March 24 2017
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With yogurt or fresh fruit or by the handful, we’ll eat granola any time of day! If you can’t make your own, there are many store bought versions that are delicious and healthy. We share our favorite brands and flavors.
My grain-free diet does not allow for traditional granola, but Larabar Renola ($2 for 1.28 oz., larabar.com) has changed my granola game! A tasty mixture of just nuts, seeds and fruit gives it the consistency of granola without the grain!
— Nicole Christenson, senior manager, media marketing
Confession: I’m not a huge fan of traditional granola. But when I discovered Nuts.com Cherry Chia Kale Granola ($7 for 4 oz., nuts.com), my opinion of the crumbly stuff completely changed. The first ingredient is the green vegetable, and the mix has a sweet-savory flavor that is best enjoyed straight out of the bag—and tastes much better than you’d think.
— Jessie Sebor, editor in chief
Regular granola is something that absolutely destroys my insides, but I love the stuff in Greek yogurt and acai bowls. I was happy to find one that skipped the gluten. Love Grown Foods Oat Clusters Toasted Granola ($5 for 12 oz., lovegrownfoods.com) is simple to digest and adds some extra flavor to the sometimes dull bowl of yogurt. I recommend the Cocoa Goodness flavor—if you’re a chocolate fiend like me, you won’t be disappointed!
— Caitlyn Pilkington, web editor
Often granolas are high in calories (and sugar!) and short on serving sizes, so it can be tough to find a “healthy” one. Barbara’s Better Granola ($6 for 10 oz., barbaras.com) is more like a mix of granola and cereal and packs in 10g of protein in ⅔ cup (and 7g of sugar). There are some little cereal pillows in this blend that taste like a perfect fit for the Barbara’s brand. It’s a toss up as to which flavor is really the better granola: Oats & Honey or Dark Chocolate Cranberry. Yum!
— Nicki Miller, managing editor
Years of gluten-free living and trying different eating methods (like raw food) made me curious to try the Living Intentions Spiced Almond Mulberry Sprouted Trail Mix ($15 per pound at Whole Foods) I saw in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. Sprouted nuts are soaked and then dried below 118 degrees (so they still count as raw) to make them easier on your digestive system. Living Intentions mixes the nuts with dried and organic mulberries, apples, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne with a little bit of Himalayan salt for a satisfying mix! I enjoy it for breakfast with a bowl of raspberries and coconut cream.
— Allison Pattillo, contributing gear editor