A fresh take on granola
Bola Granola (1 pound for $6.99-$7.99) raises the bar in this frequently tired food category. But Bola, the baby of former Alice’s Restaurant chef and baker Michele Miller, is the gold standard. Many granolas are a little dusty, too sweet, and clumpy. This one is the tastiest, freshest, and crunchiest formula, slightly sweet, with a touch of salt. Made in small batches in the Berkshires, all the ingredients (no berries or dried fruit in this mixture) are toasted together except the flaxseed meal, which is added at the end; everything but the brown sugar and almonds is organic. Somehow Miller manages to roast and toast almost 2,000 pounds a week, while keeping it a high-quality, artisanal product. Spoon it on yogurt with fresh berries or eat with milk and fruit. Available at Fruit Center Marketplace, 10 Bassett St., Milton, 617-696-5274 and 79 Water St., Hingham, 781-749-7332; Natural Grocer, 334 High St., Newburyport,978-463-8713; Dave’s Fresh Pasta, 81 Holland St., Somerville,617-623-0867, or www.bolagranola.com.