I was first introduced to the delicious granola made by the Providence Granola Project at the Winter Farmers Market in Pawtucket one recent Saturday morning. I’ve tasted a lot of granola over the years, and so many are so bad—bordering on cardboard—that it’s tough to say “yes, I’ll try another one” after a while. Well, thank goodness my wife bought a bag behind my back, because this granola is the best I’ve ever tasted!
Let’s be honest…there’s nothing low-calorie and low-carb about granola. But good granola gets its sugars from ingredients like natural honey, raisins, and berries…not sugar cane. The grains may give you carbs, but they also give you fiber. And nuts supply the protein. Filling up on a bowl of granola in the morning will keep you going a lot longer than filling up on some sugary breakfast cereal or sat fat-loaded breakfast sandwich. So despite not being health food, it can be a better choice for many people.
On their website, www.providencegranola.com, The Providence Granola Project offers a granola of the month club that features many of their delicious original flavors like cherry chocolate, pistachio cardamom, April’s Got the Blues (with apricot and blueberry), and the not-so-basic basic Keith’s original. All of the organic ingredients used in making their granolas are clearly marked with country of origin, so you know where your food is coming from.
But the bonus of buying granola from the Providence Granola Project is the story behind the granola. Keith and Geoff, the owners, are two local guys that had an idea: let’s help refugees trying to rebuild their lives in Rhode Island by hiring them to make artisanal granola. When Amos House offered them kitchen space to make their dream a reality in 2008, they incorporated, and a booming granola business was born. From an after-work hobby to what is now a full-time company that ships granola to all 50 states, the Providence Granola Project is well on its way.
Try a bag of their granola and you will be hooked. And you’ll feel good about yourself in more ways than one.