Great Granola

Great Granola


By Kellee Katagi

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For a tummy-satisfying crunch, it’s tough to beat granola. These natural brands incorporate deliciously nutritious ingredients that can keep you satiated until lunch. 

Bear Naked 

Simple, whole-food, non-GMO ingredients—think almonds, sunflower seeds, whole-grain oats and more—and 6 grams of sugar or less per serving make these granolas a wise option. Choose from 11 flavors, including Maple Pecan, Honey Almond, Triple Berry, and gluten-free Cacao & Cashew Butter.

Nature’s Path Organic Love Crunch 

Two words: seriously addictive. These granolas contain organic ingredients such as rolled oats, flaxseeds, dried berries, Fair Trade dark-chocolate chunks and more. Our favorite flavors: Dark Chocolate Macaroon, Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate & Red Berries. And in case you need more incentive, for every Love Crunch product sold, Nature’s Path donates the equivalent in food or cash to food banks.


Known for sports bars and gels, Clif is expanding its energy expertise into the granola arena. Ingredients include organic oats, seeds, cashews, almonds and dried fruits. Bonus: All four flavors—Blueberry Crisp, Cinnamon Almond, Cocoa Almond and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut—are gluten-free and contain 8 grams of plant-based protein per serving.


The stats on these granolas speak for themselves: 30–40 grams of whole grains per serving, 10 grams of protein in most varieties, five “super grains” (oats, millet, buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa) in each flavor, and no gluten or GMO ingredients. Flavors include Oats & Honey, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter and Cinnamon Oat.

Purely Elizabeth 

This brand gets big points for variety and creativity. Its granola categories include ancient grains, grain-free, probiotic and nut butter. It also uses ingredients such as raw virgin coconut oil, coconut sugar and sea salt to achieve a delectable, salty-sweet taste in every bite. Flavors include Blueberry Hemp, Maple + Almond Butter, Chocolate Sea Salt, Coconut Cashew and Pumpkin Cinnamon.


Granula (now called granola) was invented in Dansville, N.Y., by Dr. James Caleb Jackson at the Jackson Sanitarium in 1863.

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