I'm wondering what everyone thinks are the best "healthy" pastries in the east bay. No pastries are really healthy, I s'pose, but some have bran, oats, raisins, other fruits, nuts, seeds... and other things with a modicum of nutrients! Since I have a hard time deciding what to get in a delicious bakeshop anyway, I usually am happiest erring on the side of slightly healthier (and this provides a more consistent way to judge bakeries against each other).
Of course, bran muffins are the most obvious, and there are oat bars, oat scones, etc...
And who makes the best whole wheat bread??
As for bran muffins, the bread garden makes a good small one that I like, and I also happen to think their whole wheat loaf is delicious; it also lasts for an incredibly long time in a plastic bag.
At La Farine (too French to be really healthy, I think), I tried the "wheat levain" but it didn't seem any "wholer" than white bread. I should have asked them how they make it. The spelt loaf at Cheeseboard is another tasty whole-grain bread, but it was a little too dry for my tastes. Of course, the cheeseboard has the cherry-corn scone, which is a whole grain. Anyone have an opinion on their oat scones?
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