Granola may not be everyone's top breakfast pick when they go out to a cafe in Canberra, however, it is one of the most healthiest - and tastiest! After writing articles about Where is the Best Smashed Avo in Canberra? and Where are the Best Acai Bowls in Canberra? - it was time to write about another favourite breakfast dish - the humble granola. You will find it on the menu of many cafes around Canberra and each venue makes theirs a little differently. The granola itself can have a wide range of nuts, clusters, seeds and dried fruit which are a taste sensation on their own, before the yoghurt and toppings are even added on top. The joy of this dish is that it is also easy to reproduce at home, with ingredients found all across the city.
The following are some of the options that I have found around Canberra, however, feel free to leave a comment at the top of this article if you know of any more. It is a bowl full of goodness, colour and crunch that is guaranteed to fill you up until lunch-time...
Canberra-made Granola from The Muesli Bar, Fyshwick. Image: The Muesli Bar Facebook
Bulk Health Food stores around Canberra sell granola by the gram, so you can scoop up just a small amount to try it first, before going back to buy more if you like it. Naked Foods is a popular organic, bulk health food store in Braddon and another store that has a wide range of products, including granola by the gram, is The Source in Dickson. For a full list, see the article Bulk Health Food Stores in Canberra.
The Organic Bean Cafe (previously Paleo Perfection) is located a street back from the Kingston Foreshore. This small little café has a large following, with a wide range of choices for people who are gluten-free, dairy intolerant or prefer to live a paleo lifestyle. They also sell granola by the bag, or with yoghurt to enjoy in the cafe. See here for details.
The Muesli Bar is a small business that began at the Capital Region Farmers Market and now has a shopfront in Fyshwick - where you can walk in and smell the granola roasting at the back of the shop. Their products include the popular "Grain Free" granola which has pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, coconut, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, local honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. Prices start from $13 for a 350 gram bag. I personally have this at home with vanilla yoghurt (below) - pure bliss! See here for details.
Enjoy granola at home from The Muesli Bar - Fyshwick and the Capital Region Farmers Market
332 Manhattan is a light and airy café, located opposite Glebe Park in the CBD. It is a popular venue for breakfast as it offers Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee, as well as a wide variety of options on their menu. I have always loved their Manhattan Granola and now I know why - it is actually sourced from The Muesli Bar, above! They add their own delicious toppings with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey to make it even more special. This cafe makes a point of using locally made and grown products, so you know you are supporting more than one Canberra business. See here for details. For a full article on 332 Manhattan, see here.
Manhattan Granola from 332 Manhattan - using granola from The Muesli Bar!
Little Bird Café in Barton is one of my personal favourite breakfast cafes, especially on the weekends when it is a little quieter and has a chilled-out, weekend vibe. Their servings are always generous and the food is exceptional, every time. Their granola in particular is a favourite, with the sharp flavour of the granny smith apple contrasting nicely with the delicious coconut yoghurt and the beautifully blended house-made granola. Paired with a freshly squeezed orange juice, there is no better way to start the day. See here for details. For a full article on Little Bird, see here.
Granola at Little Bird, Barton - Almond, vanilla and maple house-made granola, apple and cranberries with coconut yoghurt
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - it kick-starts the metabolism, provides energy and gives us the essential vitamins and minerals we need to get us through an active day. Everyone has their own favourite food they like to start the day with - at home or at a local café - however the humble granola ticks all the boxes and more.
These are the discoveries that I have found, where do you get your favourite granola?
Granola at GreenHouse Coffee and Co - house made spiced nuts, grains, oats and honey, with matcha yoghurt, strawberries, blueberries and banana