A nutritious breakfast is the perfect way to start your day, and granola is a firm favourite for many a Brit. The crunchy texture and its ability to keep you going until lunchtime make it an appealing choice. There's no reason granola has to be consigned to breakfast either – it makes a pretty tasty snack at any time of day and can be eaten with yoghurt, milk or even by itself.
Given its popularity as a quick and delicious meal, it's worth knowing what to look out for. Maybe you're wanting to make healthier choices high in protein and low in sugar, or perhaps you're searching for vegan, nut-free or gluten-free options. Either way, there's sure to be a granola on our top 10 list that suits your tastebuds!
A huge range of granola brands have flooded the market, all coming with slightly different ingredients, health benefits and price tags. A few of these decisions will come down to personal taste, but we're here to give you a helping hand when looking at the options available.
Granola in its simplest form is just crispy clusters of baked oats. If you prefer your food without the frills or like to add your own toppings, there are plenty of brands that offer this so you can enjoy pure, unadulterated granola bliss.
The majority of granolas, however, will contain some extras to add flavour and nutritional benefits. The main ingredients are usually included in the name of the granola or are stated clearly on the box. Popular additions include dried fruit, seeds and and nuts. Sometimes, they even have chocolate!
As with any item of food, if you have any special requirements you'll want to get scanning the online label of your granola box. On top of this, there are a few nutritional guidelines you may wish to follow, especially if you plan on munching a bowl every morning. Here's what you need to know.
Granolas often contain nuts, seeds and wheat, so can be a bit of a minefield when it comes to allergies. Even if they don't contain these themselves, they might be manufactured alongside other products that do.
Lots of brands are becoming more aware of these issues and have started creating ranges which everyone can eat. This being said, a high proportion of granolas – even the most basic – still contain some form of seed, so it is vital if you have any allergies to check that the granola you pick doesn't carry any risk.
Check that the granola you choose adheres to your dietary requirements or choices. More and more granolas are gluten-free, but this the inclusion of wheat flakes and other ingredients containing gluten is not uncommon.
It is a similar story for vegans. Plenty of granolas do not include animal products, but sneaky ingredients like milk powders and honey are often included but this is not always obvious.
Protein is an essential part of all of our diets, particularly if you partake in lots of physical activity. A protein-rich granola is an easy way of adding it to your diet.
Including protein as part of your breakfast will keep you satisfied for longer, meaning you can get on with your day without worrying about a rumbling stomach half an hour after you get to work. As a point of reference, any granola that contains above 10 grams of protein is high as far as cereal is concerned.
Delicious, unfortunately, doesn't always mean healthy. To make granola the tasty treat it is often means adding a lot of sugar. As the problems with sugar have become more and more documented, lots of granolas now have a reduced amount of sugar.
Seeing how much sugar is in a granola is easy, you just need to look at the sugar content per 100 grams. Less than 10 grams is considered a low sugar option according to the NHS. Any higher than 15 grams is getting into unhealthy territory and perhaps best eaten occasionally as a treat.
When buying online, particularly from sites such as Amazon, it is easy to buy in bulk. This is more efficient and normally turns out to be cheaper. To work out how much granola you are getting for your money, look at how many packs of granola you get and how big each pack is.
On the flip side, you might fancy a change of flavour and not want to end up with too much of one type of granola, which could happen when buying in bulk. Buying multiple units at the same time also means that the upfront cost is more, so bear this in mind too.
Now you know what to look out for, it's time to explore the exciting flavours and different ingredients that various granolas can offer. Whatever the most important thing is for you, we have made sure that there's an option that will do the trick.
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Hazelnut, chocolate|
|Allergens||Hazelnuts, may contain peanuts|
|Protein per 100 g||8 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||21 g|
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Dried tropical fruit, coconut|
|Protein per 100 g||9.8 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||19 g|
Pack of 4
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Raisin, almond|
|Protein per 100 g||9.9 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||24.4 g|
|Quantity||4 x 750 g|
Pack of 8
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Freeze-dried berries, yoghurt|
|Allergens||Milk, soy, may contain nuts|
|Protein per 100 g||10 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||27 g|
|Quantity||8 x 312 g|
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Chocolate, coconut|
|Protein per 100 g||15.6 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||23.7g|
|Quantity||6 x 400 g|
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Sunflower seeds|
|Protein per 100 g||9.5 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||16 g|
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Raspberry, beetroot|
|Allergens||Almonds, oat, hazelnuts|
|Protein (per 100g)||12.2 g|
|Sugar (per 100g)||9.1 g|
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Coconut, cashew, almond|
|Allergens||Barley, oats, nuts, rye, wheat|
|Protein per 100 g||8.5 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||12 g|
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Pecan, hazelnut|
|Allergens||Oats, barley, nuts, wheat|
|Protein per 100 g||9.6 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||9.3 g|
|Quantity||5 x 400 g|
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Raisins, coconut, cinnamon|
|Allergens||Oats (gluten-free), almonds|
|Protein per 100 g||11.1 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||15.9 g|
Super Goodness Hazelnuts and Pecans Granola
No Added Sugar Granola
Raspberry and Beetroot Gut Loving Granola
Simply Oat Granola
Chunky Chocolate Granola
Strawberry, Raspberry and Blueberry Granola
Crunchy Oat Granola
Crunchy Nut Granola
A Healthy Granola for Everyone
Filling, Nutritious, and Packed With Wholegrains
Only Natural Ingredients Make Up This Granola
Granola Your Gut Will Love
Simple by Name, Simple by Nature
A High-Protein Granola to Keep You Going
A Gluten-Free Option That's Bursting With Berries
A Crowd-Pleasing Granola for the Whole Family
These Tropical Flavours Will Bring Sunshine to Your Bowl
A Decadent Chocolatey Treat for Breakfast
|Main Flavours/Ingredients||Raisins, coconut, cinnamon||Pecan, hazelnut||Coconut, cashew, almond||Raspberry, beetroot||Sunflower seeds||Chocolate, coconut||Freeze-dried berries, yoghurt||Raisin, almond||Dried tropical fruit, coconut||Hazelnut, chocolate|
|Allergens||Oats (gluten-free), almonds||Oats, barley, nuts, wheat||Barley, oats, nuts, rye, wheat||Almonds, oat, hazelnuts||Oat, rye||Wheat||Milk, soy, may contain nuts||Almonds||Almonds, oats||Hazelnuts, may contain peanuts|
|Protein per 100 g||11.1 g||9.6 g||8.5 g||12.2 g||9.5 g||15.6 g||10 g||9.9 g||9.8 g||8 g|
|Sugar per 100 g||15.9 g||9.3 g||12 g||9.1 g||16 g||23.7g||27 g||24.4 g||19 g||21 g|
|Quantity||500 g||5 x 400 g||570 g||360 g||500 g||6 x 400 g||8 x 312 g||4 x 750 g||1 kg||380 g|
If all this food talk has you feeling inspired to get in the kitchen, why not try this granola bar recipe from Minimalist Baker? It's wholesome, delicious, and only uses 5 ingredients - dates, almonds, oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup - plus you can switch the ingredients up to include your favourite flavours or exclude any allergens. Yummy!
In the market for a healthy yoghurt to dollop onto your new granola, or a satisfyingly-chunky peanut butter to slather on your toast? Find our suggestions below for more satisfying breakfast ideas.
Starting your day the right way is easy with a good, healthy granola. We've suggested a few here for you to try – some are cheeky chocolaty treats and others a well-balanced option you can enjoy every day. Grab yourself a bowl and a spoon and tuck into some crunchy oat clusters morning, noon and night!
Author: Emma Cramp
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