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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Editor's Choice: Bakery on Main

I am not what you would consider a health-food nut -- in fact, I am quite possibly the farthest thing from it. Sour cream on that baked potato? Yes please! Whipped cream on my hot chocolate? It's just not hot cocoa without it! But one combination that I am a big fan of, in spite of whatever good-for-you attributes it may contain, is Bakery On Main's Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cashew Granola. To quote the packaging, the product is trans fat-free, dairy-free, gluten- and wheat-free, cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and sodium and casein-free. Add to that impressive list the whole dried cranberries, sesame seeds and flax seeds and you've got something that sounds downright healthful!

Nevertheless, my favorite 10:00 snack lately has been a yogurt (usually of the mixed berry variety) with a few spoonfuls of the Cranberry Orange Cashew Granola mixed in. The slightly sweet granola gives the ordinary refrigerator staple just the right amount of flavorful crunch for a fun mid-morning treat. I imagine that the granola would be a great topper for ice cream, too, like the packaging suggests, or sprinkled over a salad. The Apple Raisin Walnut (which I also enjoyed, just by itself) would be particularly good mixed into oatmeal or as a hot cereal with warm milk.

The company's motto is "Good things come from small batches," and I can definitely say that in this case, you don't need to be suffering from a gluten intolerance to enjoy this granola. You can check out Bakery on Main's other granola flavors and products at