by Beth Lipton
Granola is one of those foods that seems healthy, but often isn’t. Store-bought granolas tend to be loaded with sugar and seriously lacking in other nutrients. Luckily, there are some great-tasting, low sugar granolas out there. Grab a spoon and read on.
1. Purely Elizabeth Grain-Free Granola
You’ll find a who’s who of your favorite nuts and seeds in this granola, which is 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. And it gets a nice flavor bump from cinnamon and vanilla.
Buy It: Purely Elizabeth Coconut Cashew Granola, $7
2. 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, grain-free granolas made from a mixture of almonds, pecans, and coconut flakes. The Cinnamon-Vanilla Bean flavor lives up to its promise with plenty of spice and actual ground vanilla beans, or satisfy your chocolate craving with the Cacao-Coconut flavor. Can’t decide? Both have just 4 grams of added sugar, so why not try a sample pack?
Buy It: Julie’s Real Granola Sample Pack of 2, $17
3. Bob’s Red Mill Homestyle Granola
We’ve tried (and liked) pretty much all of Bob’s Red Mill granolas. (It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.) Our favorite? The clumpy-chunky, not-too-sweet homestyle granolas, which come in three kid-approved flavors: Maple Sea Salt, Coconut Spice, and Cranberry Almond. The amount of sugar depends on the flavor, but is between 5 grams and 7 grams.
Buy It: Bob’s Red Mill Cranberry Almond Granola, $10
4. Paleonola Grain-Free Granola
We specifically love the Maple Pancake flavor of this grain-free granola. It has 3 grams of added sugar, is made with mostly organic ingredients, and tastes as good as a stack of flapjacks. Really.
Buy It: Paleonola Maple Pancake Granola, $10
The newest addition to these popular low sugar granolas is Peanut Butter — and it’s every bit as salty and sweet as you’d expect, but without any refined sugar. The sweetness — there are 5 grams of sugar per serving — comes from honey, maple syrup, and monk fruit sugar. The ingredients list also includes omega-3-rich chia seeds and ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb that may reduce stress.
Buy It: Gr8nola Peanut Butter, $10
6. Nature’s Path Granola
Nature’s Path granolas are always organic, use healthier sweeteners and oils, and come in intriguing flavors like Golden Turmeric and Vanilla Poppy Seed. The clusters are big enough to snack on — or use to top salads, soups, fruit crisps, and more.