8 Granolas That Are Actually Good for You
Granola has a reputation for being the ultimate health food—and yet, it's usually the exact opposite. Most storebought ones are loaded with corn syrup and weird additives like caramel coloring and soy protein isolate. And even if you wanted to go the DIY route, it's tough to find a recipe that calls for less than a full cupeachof sugar and oil.
Of course, it doesn't have to be that way. When you stick to real ingredients and keep sweeteners (you'll know sugar by one of these 56 different names in the ingredients list) to a minimum, the oat-nut-dried-fruit combo actually can be good for you. Here are eight clean picks to prove it.
Udi's Natural Artisan Original Granola
13 oz for .75; amazon.com
This toasty, crunchy mix of oats, nuts, banana chips, raisins, and honey is a lot like the basic granola you might make at home if you had the time or energy. In other words, it's exactly what you want.
Nutrition (per serving):130 calories, 3 g protein, 5 g fat, 18 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 5 g sugar
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Marge Apricot Pistachio Granola
12 oz for ;
When the company is founded by food blogger andWhole Grain Morningsauthor Megan Gordon, you figure its granola has to be delicious. And with a unique mix of pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, dried apricots, pistachios, and cardamom, it totally is.
Nutrition (per serving):136 calories, 3.5 g protein, 7 g fat, 15 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3.5 g sugar
Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Fig Ancient Grain Granola
12 oz for .99; purelyelizabeth.com
Behold the flavors of your beloved pumpkin spice latte in a form that's clean enough to eat every day. Think amaranth, quinoa, millet, coconut oil, dried figs, and pumpkin seeds.
Nutrition (per serving):140 calories, 4 g protein, 6 g fat, 17 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugar
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Fiona's Natural Foods Ginger Walnut Granola
Six 12-oz boxes for ; fionasnaturalfoods.com
The best thing about this organic, small-batch granola? Clusters. Lots and lots of clusters. Oh—and the yummy sweet-spicy flavor from loads of crystallized ginger.
Nutrition (per serving):140 calories, 2 g protein, 7 g fat, 18 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 6 g sugar
MORE: The 10 Best Low-Sugar Cereals That Don't Taste Like Twigs
Bola Granola Barely Sweet
12 oz for ; bolagranola.com
Not big on crazy flavors? This simple, handcrafted granola might be the one for you. It's made with the usual oats and nuts, plus quinoa flakes for protein (you'll also find them in this quinoa cereal) and oat bran for fiber. And it's sweetened with just a touch of vanilla and maple syrup—that's it.
Nutrition (per serving): 260 calories, 9 g protein, 14 g fat, 27 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 4 g sugar
Viki's Original Gluten-Free Granola
Ten 1.5-oz snack-size bags for .99; vikisgourmet.com
If you find it damn near impossible to stick to a quarter-cup serving of granola, then you'll love the fact that this gluten-free one comes in portioned-out packs. Toss in your bag and snack on as-is, or use to top yogurt or salad at lunch.
Nutrition (per pack): 150 calories, 3 g protein, 10 g fat, 13 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 4 g sugar
12 oz for .49; bearnaked.com
It's like the berry-flavored cereals you loved as a kid, but way better, because this stuff has actual dried berries and ground flaxseed, plus monkfruit extract to keep the sugar low.
Nutrition (per serving):120 calories, 4 g protein, 2 g fat, 23 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 3 g sugar
Emmy's Organics Cacao Coconut Sprouted Super Cereal
11 oz for .49; emmysorganics.com
Emmy's swaps the usual oats for nutty, crunchy sprouted buckwheat. Raisins, cacao nibs, almonds, and coconut flakes keep things interesting, while organic coconut nectar adds just enough sweetness.
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