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Taste Test: The Best Granola

We taste-tested dozens of granolas from the grocery store and picked our favorites.
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BEST LOW-FAT

Heartland Low-Fat Granola

This classic mix is made for dieters -- just 3 grams of fat per serving! -- and food lovers. Panelists raved about the granola's delicious taste: One gushed over its "finger-licking, sugary clusters" of rolled oats, slivered almonds and cinnamon; another noted that it was "crisp down to the last bite!" ($3.59 for 14 ounces, at grocery stores)

Try it in: Crunch-Berry Pancakes

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BEST RAISIN

Quaker Natural Granola, Oats & Honey & Raisin

This granola is perfect for breakfast or snacking, thanks to its large oat-raisin-almond clusters. Made of "hunger-satisfying, hearty" whole grain rolled oats sweetened simply with brown sugar and honey, it made one taster feel "warm and loved all over." What has your granola done for you lately? ($5.79 for 28 ounces, at grocery stores)

Try it in: Pear-Granola Parfaits

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BEST CHOCOLATE

Bear Naked Heavenly Chocolate All Natural Granola

"Cocoa!" the panelists' taste buds shouted after taking just one bite. The crunchy but slightly chewy clusters are made of whole grains and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, so no need to feel guilty about indulging in a second bowl. One taster's recommendation: "Whoever needs a morning chocolate fix, this is for you!" ($4.84 for 12 ounces, at grocery stores)

Try it in: No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

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BEST FRUIT

Feed Cranberry Coconut Granola

This organic blend of tart cranberries and multigrain granola, sweetened by coconut chips and brown rice syrup, reminded one taster of "chilly mornings in the cabin." The flaxseed, roasted almonds and pecans add crunch, while cinnamon lends a spicy touch. ($4.99 for 12 ounces, at specialty markets)

Try it in: Carrot Cake Cookies

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BEST TRADITIONAL

Bola Granola

Have this handy for your next outdoor excursion. "It would be great fuel for a hike!" commented one taster. Indeed: One serving provides 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. The satisfyingly dense blend is also mighty tasty -- it’s made in small batches, with all-organic grains, loose rolled oats, salty pumpkin seeds, whole almonds, and a bit of brown sugar and vanilla. ($6.99 for 16 ounces, at grocery stores)

Try it in: Pear-Gorgonzola Tart with Granola Crust

Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in April 2010.