The rabbit in the name of Woodside Bakehouse's el conejo granola bars refers to the fact that they're "rabbit food," says Sarah Peltier, the company's owner. They certainly do have a lot going on for them, nutrition-wise: they're vegan, wheat-free, soy-free, and packed with good-for-you ingredients like hemp nuts, sunflower seeds, and flax meal.
Which isn't to say that Peltier puts the health benefits before taste. Chewy, crunchy, nutty, and studded with chunks of fruit, the bars were such a hit with her co-workers at Rockaway Taco that she started selling them at the restaurant as part of their breakfast line-up. They proved very popular, so in 2009 she took the plunge and turned her hobby into a business, a move that involved, among other things, "forcing [her]self to start measuring and using a recipe that was the same all the time," and sourcing packaging that was biodegradable and compostable.
While she's still a one-woman show—"I stamp labels at my office job and make deliveries on the subway," she says—she's added two more products to the line: her homemade vanilla extract and spicy caramel corn made with local popcorn and Mexican chilis.
Find Woodside Bakehouse products at the Market Share stall at Smorgasburg or at Rockaway Taco. For more locations, visit WoodsideBakehouse.wordpress.com.
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