I swear it’s getting easier to buy local every day. There are more and more quality, local vendors and they’re available at a variety of locations. I’d seen McCabe’s Granola a few times at Whole Foods, but hadn’t bought any. When the good folks at McCabe’s offered to send me some, I figured: what the heck?
I like granola as a crunchy topping for yogurt, or even in a bowl with a little almond milk. Commercial granola is filled with high fructose corn syrup (ick), trans fat (ew) and goodness knows what else, so I look at labels pretty closely.
McCabe’s is locally owned, made with whole ingredients (the fat comes from nuts and olive oil; the sugar from maple syrup) and is really darn tasty. They sent me all of their varieties to try, and try I did.
My favorite is the Delta Blue: I love blueberries, and the Delta adds maple to the mix, like a whole-grain blueberry pancake (with maple syrup). Cran with a Twist has cranberries (obviously) which work pretty nicely as well. PB and Chocolate is just what it says, and probably the sweetest, most kid-friendly of the bunch (I’d like to see that made into a chewy granola bar). The Original comes in both granola and bar form. The granola is sweet, but not-too, with a really nice crunch and moderate sized clusters. The bar, which is soft, is nice– though I prefer a chewy bar. If you like a cake-y bar, this will be right up your alley. All of them contain ingredients like pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut, sunflower seeds and other whole foods that are pretty good for you.
In addition to pantry-sized bags, they also produce the bars and individual portions of granola. A warning: each individual size is actually two, so consider that before you down the entire thing (not that I did that).
If you like a little crunch with your morning yogurt, or a little extra flavor in your morning cereal (I often mix granola with another cereal, like plain Kashi, for flavor and interest), it’s a really good and really easy to find at Kroger, Whole Foods, Remke/Biggs and some smaller retailers, too. And it’s local: the Muth family bought the recipe from two college students who were onto something (but didn’t have time to continue the business). It’s stayed in Cincinnati, so you can feel good about the ingredients AND supporting the local economy.