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Four-star granola and trail mix show their quality

Nuts-and-fruit granola from the San Anselmo-based bakery.
Nuts-and-fruit granola from the San Anselmo-based bakery. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Our new mantra: Grains and nuts are good for us.

Over recent months, we’ve plucked 30 types of granola and trail mix from supermarket shelves (and a few from online), shared them with tasters and evaluated them in a casual way. Contents? Flavor? Crunch factor? The terms “organic,” “natural,” “gluten free” “non-GMO” and “fiber” have become as familiar to us as our middle names.

Bear Naked brand is a good choice (our favorite is Fruit & Nutty, with almonds, pecans, raisins and cranberries), and so is Kind (Vanilla Blueberry Clusters With Flax Seeds).

However, two brands stood out from the lineup. Flour Craft Bakery has an actual brick-and-mortar storefront in San Anselmo in Marin County. Along with breads, pastries and cakes, it makes small batches of Maple Pecan and Cranberry Almond Granolas ($10 at Whole Foods, or $9 each at the website; the two-pack sampler is $17 there). Rolled oats and pecans join sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds, all of it lightly sweetened with maple syrup and finished with unsweetened coconut and sea salt.

Aloha Trail Mix is nutty and fruity with cashews, almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, goldenberries, cherries, raisins, goji berries and mulberries ($9.90 at the website).

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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