One of the most deceptive snacks, granola can be a total healthy food imposter. Some brands can hide spoonfuls of sugar and fat amid the more wholesome nuts and oats. But it doesn’t have to be that way (we’ve even rounded up the best store-bought granola bars to prove it).
The homemade granola recipes below focus on hearty, whole ingredients and favor natural sweeteners over processed sugar. More specifically, they contain no more than 12 grams of sugar per (1/2 cup) serving, at least three grams of fiber per serving, and no more than ten ingredients (not counting pantry staples). (We realize everyone’s definition of healthy is different, but we consider these parameters to be both reasonable and realistic.) Now let’s get to the good stuff.
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1. Homemade Granola With No Refined Sugars
Applesauce replaces oil as a binder, while honey provides more antibacterial benefits than your average spoonful of sugar. But don’t be fooled …