Taste Test: 3 Grain-Free Cereals/Granolas

Grain-free cereals and granola

February 2, 2018

By Beth Lipton

Whether you’ve gone full-blown paleo or you’re just trying to eat fewer grains and less sugar in the morning, you may find yourself missing the convenience and crunch of a good ol’ bowl of cereal.

Luckily, thanks to growing demand, there are some good grain-free options available. Grab a spoon and read on.

Purely Elizabeth Grain-Free Granola

You’ll find a who’s who of your favorite nuts and seeds in this bag, also vegan, organic, and refined sugar free (it’s lightly sweetened with coconut sugar). We love the Coconut Cashew flavor; along with coconut flakes and cashews, it has sunflower, pumpkin, chia and hemp seeds, plus cashew butter and almond meal. It also gets a nice flavor bump from cinnamon and vanilla. Also available in Banana-Nut Butter.

1/3 cup serving: 170 calories, 13g fat, 9g carbs, 2g fiber, 5g protein, 5g sugars

$7 for an 8-oz. bag, Purely Elizabeth

Julie’s Real Grain-Free Granola

It’s no wonder a company that makes such luscious nut butters also has a way with nut-based granola. Their little 2-serving bags are super-convenient to take on the go, whether for an al-desko breakfast or a snack on the run. The Cinnamon-Vanilla Bean flavor lives up to its promise with plenty of spice and actual ground vanilla beans, baked onto an almond-pecan-coconut mixture sweetened with a touch of honey.

1.3-oz. serving: 220 calories, 19g fat, 11g carbs, 4g fiber, 5g protein, 6g sugars

$5 for a 2.6-oz. bag (2 servings), Julie’s Real

Thrive Market Coconut Flakes

This one’s for you if you love corn flakes but want to avoid that sugar crash. These tasty flakes are satisfyingly crunchy and slightly sweet, but super clean, made with just coconut meat, coconut water and palm starch (all of which are organic). Since it’s coconut based, has no added sugar but brings a decent amount of fat, this is also an option if you’re #keto. Delicious with milk (we had almond milk) and sprinkled on yogurt.

½ cup serving: 160 calories, 11g fat, 14g carbs, 5g fiber, 0g protein, 5g sugars

$7.50 for an 11-oz. box, Thrive Market


BIO: Beth Lipton is a contributing editor at Clean Plates.