Cutting sugar isn’t easy (trust us, we’ve tried). This is especially true when it comes to things like granola. Though the snacktime fave seems like a safe, healthy bet, many store-bought versions sneakily pack in the sweet stuff—sometimes in amounts comparable to candy.
Low-sugar granola—any granola that has less than 5 grams of added sugar per serving, according to Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, New Jersey—can still be delicious. And sure, you can search for a low-sugar brand, but making your own isn’t actually that hard to do. Usually it’s as simple as mixing your ingredients together, and then letting them bake for 20 to 40 minutes.
To get you started, we found 10 recipes that fit the bill. These recipes are either sweetened with a small amount of added sugar (usually no more than a tablespoon or two of honey, maple syrup, or agave), or they get their sugary kick from things like dried fruit, which contain naturally occurring sugars. These sugars act a little bit differently than added sugar, because fruit contains other nutrients that help slow your digestion. This prevents you from experiencing a blood sugar spike like you might with refined sugars.
And then there are some savory ideas, too. Made with ingredients like turmeric, bacon, rosemary, and mustard, they’re definitely a little more out there. But they’re seriously delicious, and great for snacking or tossing over salads.
Now let’s get nutty and make some granola.