Granola is a versatile food that is often consumed for breakfast or as a snack. It is commonly made with oats, honey, and nuts as its primary ingredients.
The popularity of granola cereal has caused many new companies to emerge over the previous two decades to take on the established brands that have been around since the 1970s. Consumers have certainly benefited as the competitive granola market has created a huge selection of products that come in a variety of flavors.
As you will see below, most people will have no problem finding a granola cereal product that they will regularly enjoy. Here are 15 brands for you to consider for your next breakfast.
Granola Cereal Brands
General Mills, the creator of Nature Valley, is a granola pioneer. They were the first to bring granola bars to major grocery stores in 1975. They are the #1 granola bar brand today.
However, Nature Valley Granola Cereal actually came before the bars. The 100% natural cereal was introduced in 1973. It was not the first major commercial granola cereal on the market. A year prior to the release of Nature Valley Granola Cereal, Pet Milk launched Heartland Natural Cereal, which was first to the market. Unfortunately, Heartland has been discontinued.
Nature Valley has come a long way since the 1970s with its granola cereal options. General Mills offers the following products today:
- Cinnamon Big & Crunchy Granola
- Coconut & Almond Granola
- Cranberry Almond Protein Granola
- Oats & Dark Chocolate Protein Granola
- Cranberry Raisin Almond Fruit & Nut Granola
- Crunchy Oats & Dark Chocolate Granola
- Oats & Honey Big & Crunchy Granola
- Oats & Honey Protein Granola
Quaker dates back to 1877 when the Quaker Mill Company was founded in Ravenna, Ohio. However, it wasn’t until 1972 that Quaker first introduced a granola cereal. It was called Quaker 100% Natural Granola and was one of the first granola cereals to be commercially available at popular grocery stores.
Today, Quaker makes a variety of granola cereals. These products include the following:
- Simply Granola – Oats, Apple, Cranberry & Almond
- Simply Granola – Oats, Honey, & Almonds
- Simply Granola – Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds
- Simply Granola – Oats, Honey, Vanilla & Pecans
- Real Medleys Granola – Summer Berry
- Real Medleys SuperGrains Granola – Cinnamon Apple Walnut
- Real Medleys SuperGrains Granola – Blueberry Pecan
- Real Medleys Multigrain – Cherry Almond Pecan
Kind was launched by Daniel Lubetzky in 2004 and amazingly had sales of $1 million in year one. Sales are now over $800 million. In November 2020, it was announced that Mars, the maker of Snickers, would acquire Kind for approximately $5 billion. Kind’s focus is likely to remain on producing healthy foods with clean label ingredients despite the purchase of the company by the world’s largest candy manufacturer.
Kind makes the following granola products:
- Oats & Honey Granola with Toasted Coconut
- Vanilla Blueberry Granola with Flax Seeds
- Vanilla Almond Probiotic Clusters
- Clusters – Peanut Butter Whole Grain Granola
- Cinnamon Oat Granola with Flax Seeds
- Maple Quinoa Granola with Chia Seeds
- Clusters – Dark Chocolate with Whole Grains
- Raspberry Granola with Chia Seeds
- Strawberry Probiotic Clusters
- Almond Butter Clusters
Cascadian Farm Organic
Cascadian Farm has been owned by General Mills since 2000. The brand produces cereal, granola, granola bars, fruits, and veggies including fries, hashbrowns, and spud puppies. All products are organic. The company started as a small farm in Washington near the Cascade Mountains. While you can still visit the original farm, the growth of the company required them to source from numerous organic farms globally.
The company makes the following granola cereal products:
- Oats & Honey Granola
- Coconut Cashew Granola
- Fruit and Nut Granola
- Apple Cinnamon Granola
- Dark Chocolate Almond Granola
- Maple Brown Sugar Granola
- Cinnamon Raisin Granola
- French Vanilla Almond Granola
- Ancient Grains Granola
Middle school friends, Kelly Flatley and Brendan Synnott, are the two individuals who launched Bear Naked in 2002. Kelly developed the recipe for the first Bear Naked product, Original Fruit-and-Nut Granola, in her parent’s kitchen and began selling it locally. Through hard work, Kelly, and Brendan were able to get Bear Naked into over 2,000 stores by the time 2004 ended. Kellogg acquired the company in 2007 for about $60 million.
Today, Bear Naked makes the following granola cereal products:
- Banana Nut
- Cacao and Cashew Butter
- Fruit & Nut
- Maple Pecan
- Peanut Butter
- V’Nilla Almond – Granola Fit
- Toasted Coconut Almond – Granola Fit
- Triple Berry – Granola Fit
- Almond Coconut – Grain Free
- Dark Chocolate Almond – Grain Free
- Protein Orginal Cinnamon
- Maple Cinnamon – Grain Free
- Organic Premium Dark Chocolate Hazelnut
- Organic Premium Protein Oatmeal Cookie Chunk
- Organic Premium Protein Peanut Butter Toffee Crunch
Nature’s Path is a family-owned business that was started in 1985 by Arran and Ratana Stephens. By 1999, the company became North America’s largest organic cereal maker. As a founding member of the Non-GMO Project Verified label, Nature’s Path became Canada’s first product to be labeled “Non-GMO Project Verified”. The Stephens family is one of the true pioneers of organic foods.
Nature’s Path makes the following granola cereal products:
- Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Red Berries
- Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter
- Love Crunch Salted Caramel Pretzel
- Love Crunch Dark Chocolate Macaroon
- Love Crunch Dark Chocolate Cinnamon & Cashew
- Love Crunch Espresso Vanilla Cream
- Love Crunch Double Chocolate Chunk
- Golden Turmeric Superfood
- Hemp Hearts
- Pumpkin Seed + Flax
- Vanilla Almond + Flax
- Honey Almond
- Caramel Pecan – Grain Free
- Coconut & Cashew Butter
- Coconut Chia Granola
- Smoothie Bowl Superfood
- Summer Berries
- Vanilla Poppy Seed – Grain Free
- Peanut Butter
- Apple Chia Crumble
Honey Bunches of Oats
Honey Bunches of Oats is a popular cereal brand made by Post. The brand was launched by the company in 1989. Most people are familiar with Honey Bunches of Oats from its cereals made with flakes, oat clusters, and honey (of course). However, the brand does make a couple of granola products. These granola cereals are:
- Maple Pecan Granola
- French Vanilla Almond Granola
- Honey Roasted Granola
Special K has been around since 1955 as a brand of Kellogg. It is known for being one of the healthier options down the cereal aisle in comparison to other favorites such as sugary chocolate cereals. Special K makes one granola cereal. It is called Special K Granola Touch of Honey and features whole grain oats with a touch of honey.
This cereal is distributed by MOM (formerly Malt-O-Meal) Brands, a subsidiary of Post. Mom’s Best cereals do not contain high-fructose corn syrup, synthetic colors, artificial flavors, synthetic preservatives, or hydrogenated oils.
Mom’s Best granola products are:
- Oats and Honey
- Coconut Almond
- French Vanilla
- Blueberry Flax
Bob’s Red Mill
Bob and Charlee Moore started Bob’s Red Mill in 1978. Its products expand well beyond granola into such things as flours, bars, baking aids (such as baking soda), oats, paleo products, smoothies, grains, and mixes. The company produces over 400 products with a focus on whole grains for many of these items.
Bob’s Red Mill makes the following whole-grain granola cereals:
- Classic Granola
- Maple Sea Salt Homestyle
- Cranberry Almond Homestyle
- Coconut Spice Homestyle
- Lemon Blueberry Homestyle
- Cinnamon Raisin
- Gluten-Free Honey Oat
- Gluten-Free Apple Blueberry
- Honey Oat
- Apple Blueberry
- Honey Almond
Udi’s was launched by Udi Baron in the early 1990s. It did not start as the food company we know today, but rather as cafes in Denver. Baron eventually made the decision to produce gluten-free products in 2008 with the help of a local baker to satisfy the demand for these products.
We suspect that most people who know Udi’s recognize them from their bread and bagels. However, the company does produce other products such as frozen meals, mug cakes, muffins, and pizza. Udi’s gluten-free granola products include the following:
- Chocolate Coconut
- Almond Butter
- Au Naturel
Purely Elizabeth was started by Elizabeth Stein who studied holistic nutrition prior to launching the company. She realized a need for healthy grocery store foods that did not fall short on taste. She developed the company based on superfoods such as quinoa and chia seeds that provide excellent nutritional value to consumers.
All products, including the granola, are non-GMO project verified, certified gluten-free, and certified vegan. They are made with organic ingredients with no artificial flavors.
Purely Elizabeth makes the following granola:
- Original Ancient Grain
- Pumpkin Cinnamon
- Blueberry Hemp
- Cranberry Pean
If you are looking for a Keto-friendly granola brand, you may wish to give Livlo a try. While granola is their signature product, the company also makes biscuit, brownie, and bread mixes. All products help consumers maintain a low-carb diet.
The keto granola (Granolō) products are grain-free and gluten-free. These products include:
- Cinnamon Almond Pecan
- Chocolate Hazelnut
- Frosted Blueberry Almond Pecan
Wildway uses 100% real-food ingredients to make its grain-free granola. They do not use sugars or sweeteners. Furthermore, the products are gluten-free, paleo-friendly, keto-friendly, plant-based, and Non-GMO.
Wildway’s grain-free granola products include:
- Dark Chocolate Strawberry
- Coconut Cashew
- Apple Cinnamon
- Vanilla Bean Espresso
- Banana Nut
Sola is a rather new company with its products hitting store shelves in early 2018. The company is more than just a granola brand. They also make bagels, bread, buns, sweetener that are low-carb/low-glycemic. For example, the granola has 4-5 net carbs per bowl. It also has a nice amount of protein of 14-16 grams depending on the product. The granola products listed below contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
- Blueberry Cinnamon
- Maple Pecan Chocolate
- Strawberry Vanilla
- Double Chocolate
- Vanilla Almond