The Best Granolas
For High Fiber
Slightly chewy, soft, and sweet, Kashi Mountain Medley Granola will remind you of your favorite childhood trail mix. The whole grain and sesame granola is baked with maple and honey and then mixed with raisins, almonds, pecans, and dried cranberries for a delicious protein- and fiber-packed combination. Coconut shreds contribute natural sweetness.
To buy: $5 for one 14-ounce box, at supermarkets.
For a Low-Fat Fix
Made with applesauce instead of oil, Galaxy Granola Vanilla Almond Munch from San Francisco has less than one gram of fat per serving. Organic cane juice gives the mix of oats, almonds, and pure vanilla extract just a touch of sweetness. Looking for another low-fat option? Try the company’s delish Cranberry Orange blend.
To buy: $5.50 for one 12-ounce bag, galaxygranola.com.
For Something Chewy
Made by hand, Two Moms in the Raw Blueberry and Apple Granola isn’t baked, so it has a soft, chewy consistency. Agave and honey hold the flavorful blend of plump dried blueberries and apples, pepitas, almonds, and cinnamon together.
To buy: $10 for one 8-ounce bag, at natural food stores and at twomomsintheraw.com.
For a Gift
Treat a friend―or yourself―to Ola! Cranberry Orange Pecan O’ So Natural Granola, which comes packaged in a modern reusable jar. Vermont maple syrup and orange juice-infused cranberries liven the palate while pecans add a rich, nutty balance.
To buy: $16 for one 14-ounce jar, olagranola.com.
For a Sweet Tooth
Molasses, honey, and vanilla make the large clusters of oats and rice in Cascadian Farm Organic Oats and Honey Granola taste extra sweet. Serve them with milk: Their crunch is long-lasting.
To buy: $4 for one 17-ounce box, at supermarkets.
For Picky Eaters
Love dried strawberries? Can’t stand walnuts? Log on to mixmygranola.com to create your own custom breakfast mix. The company offers dozens of fruits (from dried blackberries to mangos), eleven nuts, and seven seeds (flax,
anyone?). For the truly creative, organic gummy bears, crystallized ginger, and wasabi peas are also available. An on-line nutrition calculator lets you see how your picks add up.
To buy: $5 for 16 ounces granola plus selected mix-ins, which range from $.50 to $2, mixmygranola.com.
For a Low-Sugar Snack
A blend of oats, barley, and quinoa (a high-protein super grain), bite-size Yogi Granola Crisps Baked Cinnamon Raisin are perfect for dipping in yogurt. Each serving contains just 5 grams of sugar, but you wouldn't know it, thanks to the natural sweetness provided by ginger and cinnamon. The company's strawberry and blueberry varieties are also worth checking out.
To buy: $5 for one 10.4-ounce bag, at supermarkets.
For a Tropical Blast
Rise and shine with Bear Naked Native Mango Agave Almond Granola, a sunny mix of dried mango and almonds glazed in agave nectar. Honey-sweetened whole grain oats and crispy rice provide the tasty base.
To buy: $5.50 for one 12-ounce bag, at supermarkets.
For a Dose of Antioxidants
From Philadelphia’s popular Metropolitan Bakery, colorful Pomegranate Cinnamon All Natural Granola features a mix of antioxidant-packed dried fruits, such as goji berries, blueberries, and pomegranates. Cinnamon and sea salt give it an extra kick of flavor.
To buy: $8 for one 12-ounce bag, metropolitanbakery.com.