But of course, not all granolas are created equal. If you still love the crunchy and versatile food, no need to worry–we’ve found 10 granolas that focus on natural ingredients and are much better than the average mix.
As a comparison, we took the average nutritional profile of packaged, store-bought granola—(Per 1 cup) 597 calories, 28 grams of fat (5 g saturated), and 24 grams of sugar—and hunted for granolas that used whole ingredients, packed fewer calories, and used little added sugar.
Although some of these granolas do have a higher sugar content (still lower than the average option), the sugar comes from natural ingredients, so they are better choices than granolas with processed sugars. And of course, if you have the time, making granola at home with hearty, whole ingredients is the best bet. If you’re crunched for time, though, read on for some Eat This, Not That!-approved picks, so you can stock up your pantry with healthier breakfast choices.
18 Rabbits Veritas Granola, per 3 oz
|Saturated Fat||5 g|
Fit a healthy dose of chocolate into your morning. In addition to cacao nibs, 18 Rabbits Veritas Granola is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and honey, and contains a nice variety of seeds and nuts that you don’t always find in granola (which accounts for the high fat content) – like pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, and sesame seeds.
Nana’s All Natural Berry Luscious Granola, per one cup
|Saturated Fat||8 g|
Aside from the awesome pun in the name (it is berry luscious!), this granola is full of delicious dried cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries. And with no sodium and just 6 grams of sugar per half cup, this granola is a berry good choice.
Bob’s Red Mill Crunchy Coconut Granola, per one cup
|Saturated Fat||4 g|
You can actually recognize all seven ingredients in Bob’s Red Mill Crunchy Coconut Granola – and that’s very important. It has a fair amount of fiber and protein to keep you feeling full longer, and no sodium at all. Plus the coconut adds a fun flavor (don’t be scared off by the fat, it also comes from the coconut).
McCabe’s PB & Chocolate Granola, per 3 oz
|Saturated Fat||4.5 g|
Who can say now to the peanut butter and chocolate combination? McCabe’s PB & Chocolate Granola is a great substitute for a sugary cereal or a great sweet afternoon treat. They use semi-sweet chocolate to dial-down the sweetness overload and the oats are sweetened naturally with maple syrup rather than white sugar.
The Laughing Giraffe Banana Coconut Snakaroons, per 3 oz, or 3 pieces
|Saturated Fat||18 g|
If you like your granola on the go, these handy little granola nuggets are perfect. It’s also a great granola if you’re looking for a lighter granola, since each piece only has 6 grams of sugar. They use agave for sweetness, so your blood sugar won’t spike and crash, and add whole unsweetened ingredients so you get a balanced, ready-to-eat bite.
The Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grain Granola Cereal, 1 cup serving
|Saturated Fat||9 g|
The Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grain Granola Cereal is organic, gluten-free, and GMO-free, so it appeals to the masses. And with only 140 calories per third of a cup, this simple granola is on the healthier end of the granola spectrum.
Grandy Oats Classic Granola, per one cup
|Saturated Fat||4 g|
Though considered a “classic” style, the Grandy Oats Classic Granola includes a good mix of ingredients: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cashews, and walnuts, among other things. And all of those nuts and seeds translate to a healthy serving of iron, too.
Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Plus Granola, per 3/4 cup
Are you all about pumpkin during the cool fall months? You’ll love this granola. Nature’s Path created the Pumpkin Flax granola with all-natural organic ingredients, including pumpkin and flax seeds, rolled oats and cinnamon sweetened with evaporated cane juice and molasses.
KIND Healthy Grains Granola Clusters, PER 1/2 CUP
|Saturated Fat||2.5 G|
This granola’s ingredients list reads as a who’s-who of health foods, including oats, brown rice, millet, oat flour, buckwheat, amaranth, chicory root fiber and quinoa, along with dried cane and brown rice syrup for sweetness. Depending on the flavor, you can also count on peanut butter, vanilla, bananas or blueberries in every bite.
Trader Joe’s Low-Fat Mixed Berry Granola, Per 3/4 Cup
|SATURATED FAT||0 G|
If Trader Joe’s is your go-to grocery store, you’re in luck. This is a yummy fruit-filled granola that boasts 210 calories and 5 g of fiber per serving. The only downside? The fruit infusion means it contains more sugar than other low-calorie granolas on the list—17 g per serving—but the all-natural ingredients make up for the high sugar content.