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.
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.
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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).