Trying to cut down on your a.m. sugar intake? OK, so you’ve ditched the Lucky Charms and let go of all your Eggos for the time being. While a granola-topped parfait seems like it should be a healthy option, just one oaty cluster of some store-bought brands contains enough sugar to put Count Chocula to shame.
But that doesn’t mean you have to swear off granola for good. Sure, there are some low-sugar granola varieties out there, but instead of spending your life savings on a few unsweetened, tasteless clusters, we suggest you whip up your own low-sugar granola recipes and keep some on hand for a low-sugar breakfast or snack. So, put back that crumbled-up Pop-Tart—here are a few easy recipes to make that parfait a little bit sweeter… without a ton of added sweeteners.
1. Date-Sweetened Granola With Almonds
The secret to low-sugar granola that tastes anything but? It’s a date. No, really, like actual dates. This easy recipe combines oats and almonds with cinnamon and naturally sweet Medjool dates, making it one of our go-to granola recipes.
2. Caramelized Banana Granola
Bananas become the best versions of themselves on the stove. Just slice ’em up and throw them in a pan, and they become gooey sweet treats as they heat up. This caramelized concoction is the perfect coating to sweeten this granola recipe.
3. Morning Glory Muesli
Loaded with chia, flax, and hemp seeds, this low-fat and sugar-free muesli’s got nothing but the good stuff. Go crazy with the dried fruit (we love blueberries and raspberries) to make it a little sweeter. The best part? You don’t even have to turn on the oven.
4. Orange Cranberry and Cashew Low-Sugar Granola
For a granola that packs a healthy and flavorful punch, this guy does the trick. With just one tablespoon of maple syrup, the grains get their groove from freshly squeezed orange, ground ginger, cinnamon, and dried cranberries. Top your parfait with it or eat it by the bagful.
5. Coco-Nutty Granola
There’s a reason this is the most popular recipe in Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar cookbook. Packed with protein and flavor, this is an easy-to-make crowd-pleaser. Throw it on top of plain Greek yogurt or spoon it up with some milk and fresh berries.
6. Chai Spice Granola
There are a lot of goodies that go into this granola—chopped pecans, walnuts, and almonds are tossed in nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, topped with a little bit of almond butter for added nuttiness. But it pays off—these crunchy, flavor-filled clusters are delicious and hearty enough to snack on solo.
7. Healthy Banana Bread Granola
Banana bread and granola? This recipe satisfies all of our comfort food cravings without killing all of our health goals. Bake up a batch of this when you want to cozy up with a sweet and satisfying snack… or really whenever you want your kitchen to smell like a dream.
8. Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Granola
If you’re like us, you’re constantly trying to find ways to put peanut butter in everything. And granola is no exception. Be a little cautious with the PB you use—opt for natural spreads with no added sugar. Throw it in the oven and sprinkle it on your morning yogurt or applesauce. Bag up the leftovers for the perfect snack to take on the trail.