Lizi’s Low Sugar Granola, £3.75
Proof that not all granolas are packed with sugar, this bestseller gets Yasmin’s vote. Glycaemically tested for slow energy release, it won’t cause sugar spikes and is made with chicory root fibre, which helps you feel fuller for longer. A 50g portion provides just 20g of carbs and less than 2g of sugar alongside an impressive 10g fibre and 6g of protein. For those who want to keep their macros in check, look for the High Protein Granola, packed with toasted oats and soya protein flakes.
YASMIN SAYS: “From a taste and health perspective, this is one of my favourite healthier granola brands – it only has 3.8g of sugar per 100g which is great. A product legally termed ‘low sugar’ needs to have less than 5g of sugar per 100g. As granola is a sweet product, this may not always be achievable, but aim to find one that has less than 10g of sugar per 100g as a general rule.”
Bio&Me Granola, £3.99
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to probiotics and fermented foods, this nutritionist-formulated granola is a good place to start. The brainchild of Dr Megan Rossi, aka The Gut Health Doctor, all of Bio&Me’s granolas are made with a variety of fruits, vegetables and wholegrains, providing nearly 10g of fibre per bowl (that’s a third of your daily recommended intake). The cocoa and coconut variety – brimming with carrot, chickpeas, dates, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, jumbo oats and a handful of other nuts and seeds – is our favourite.
YASMIN SAYS: “Bio&Me’s granolas are fantastic as they contain 15 different plant fibres, and all contain less than 10g of sugar per 100g of granola. It contains ingredients such as puffed chickpeas and quinoa, which you would never dream to add into a usual granola, making it the holy grail of granola for a gut health enthusiast.”
Troo Granola, £3.99
If you’re after a granola that’s clean and minimally processed, Troo is the one to try. Made in small batches to replicate the flavours and quality you’d get from making it yourself at home, all Troo granolas are 100% natural – think toasted oats, nuts and seeds – and free from added preservatives, fillers or bulking agents. The clever combination of jumbo oats and chicory root fibre has been scientifically proven to keep blood glucose levels low, while the added cinnamon will also satisfy a sugar craving.
YASMIN SAYS: “This is another incredible low sugar granola, which is available in a range of flavours. Just be sure to stick to the recommended portion size. The average serving of granola is around 45-50g – weigh this amount out the first time you have it, so you can visualise how it looks in a bowl.”
Plant Powered Granola, £5.12
PT and Global Adidas Ambassador Zanna Van Dijk developed this granola after being frustrated at the lack of nutritious, plant-based varieties on the shelves. Each 50g serving contains 240 calories, just 1g of saturated fat, 19g carbs and 8g of protein, making it nutritionally balanced and the perfect choice for a post-workout breakfast. If you have a sweet tooth, the salted caramel and peanut flavours are likely to appeal.
YASMIN SAYS: “This granola is packed full of peanuts and has a good dose of protein per serving (8.4g). If you want to add something to your shop-bought granola to make it healthier, chopped nuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds or nut butter are all rich in protein and healthy fats – just make sure your granola doesn’t contain these already. Serving it with a source of protein like Greek yoghurt will also make the meal more filling and blood sugar balancing.”
Homespun Quinoa Crunch, Pack Of 2 £9.99
Known for being highly nutritious, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein and a good source of calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and fibre. If oats aren’t your thing or you’re looking for something a little different, this minimally sweetened (there’s just 3g sugar per bowl), low fat offering is also naturally gluten and wheat free. Light in texture, it’s perfect for warmer summer days – try as a topping on yoghurt, too.
YASMIN SAYS: “Granola can certainly be considered a nutritious food. Oats are typically the main ingredient, but other varieties may contain nuts, seeds, dried fruit, quinoa and some brands even contain dried chickpeas. This all helps create a high fibre meal which can provide energy and diversity for our gut bacteria.”
Primrose’s Kitchen Granola, £3.99
Nutrient-rich and sustainable, all of Primrose’s Kitchen granolas are naturopathic approved, 100% natural and organic, environmentally conscious and gluten free. Known for their quirky fruit and veg combinations (try the turmeric and banana with full-fat Greek yoghurt or the orange and cashew with chilled oat milk), all ingredients are sourced from British farmers and bundled up in 100% plastic-free, compostable packaging.
YASMIN SAYS: “Primrose Kitchen also sells muesli, which actually has a similar nutritional profile to granola. Granolas tend to contain more added sugar such as syrups and honey, and muesli often contains more dried fruit, which is still sugar. It’s all about moderation.”
Kellogg’s No Added Sugar Granola, £3.80
Available in most major supermarkets, Kellogg’s latest breakfast offering ticks all the nutritional boxes. A guilt-free blend of grains, nuts and seeds, each bowl is packed with fibre and contains no added sugar or artificial flavours or sweeteners. Each serving also provides 10% of your daily intake of magnesium, helping energy levels and muscle recovery.
YASMIN SAYS: “To reduce the sugar content, this granola uses date paste instead of honey or golden syrup, which adds more fibre and nutrients. If you’re making your own granola at home, you can soak pitted Medjool dates in some hot water, before blitzing them in a food processor. This date paste can be mixed through as you would use your usual sweetener. Apple sauce also makes a good alternative.”
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