I always appreciate healthier snack options, so imagine my excitement when I learned about the vegan, certified gluten-free granola from Nana Joes. Based in San Francisco, founder Michelle Pusateri and her team make each small batch by hand.
The grain-free Urban Blend ($11; 10oz) is an awesome blend of crispy coconut, chewy dried fruit, seeds and nuts. There is no refined sugar; the amount of organic maple syrup is just right, not too sweet. If you can't have oats in your diet, you need to try this.
For those who can tolerate oats, the Cluster Blend - Cashew & White Peach ($9; 14oz) is just delicious. It comes with little bites of unsweetened dried peaches, which you can mix into the granola or eat them straight from the packet. Like the Urban Blend, it has the perfect combo of spices to make it yummy without being too rich or heavy.
For portable convenience, there are granola bar options. I can see myself stashing several bars of the Swell Grain Free Bar ($3.50) whenever I'm traveling. It has a coconut base, almonds and cocoa nibs to give a boost of energy whenever you need it. The Big Wave Bar ($3.50) has crunchy bits of quinoa, mini chocolate chips, almond butter and cranberry. I don't normally like cranberry but these are infused with apple juice so it adds a hint of tartness. Both are available in a package of 6 or 12 bars ($20-40).
Available at www.nanajoes.com.
For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.