By definition, granola is a type of breakfast cereal that typically consists of rolled oats, brown sugar or honey, nuts, and dried fruits. If you’ve grown up eating granola, you’re likely used to products with these ingredients and brands that boast about their whole grain-based mixes lightly sweetened with honey. While these products have their own benefits, there are many people nowadays who are trying to lower their consumption of grains when possible and others who want to eliminate grains like wheat, barely, rice, and ancient grains like millet and quinoa from their diets altogether. And since oats is often a main ingredient of the granolas available in grocery stores, this means looking for alternatives.
Thankfully, there are plenty of delicious granolas nowadays that not only fit these two criteria but are mighty tasty! And these products are so popular, you can even find these products online! Need to see it to believe it? No problem. Check out these 15 vegan and grain-free granolas you can buy right now!
Kitchfix Berries and Cherries Paleo Granola
For a gluten, grain, and preservative free paleo granola you can feel good about eating you should consider giving Kitchfix Berries and Cherries Paleo Granola a try. This granola has six different types of nuts and seeds – cashews, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, hemp seeds – which are slow-roasted in coconut oil and then lightly sweetened with a bit of maple syrup. You’ll also find bursts of fruity flavor in the form of dried tart cherries, cranberries, and blueberries. Unlike some other granolas which may cause you to crash after snacking due to its high-sugar content, according to Amazon reviewers Kitchfix granola keeps you full for a while. The $12 bag may seem a bit expensive, but if Amazon reviews are any indication, this granola seems worth the price!
Larabar Renola Cocoa Coconut Granola
Choosing a grain-free granola doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on a little indulgence. Larabar Larabar Renola Cocoa Coconut Granola combines good-for-you ingredients like almonds, pecans, cashews, tossed in sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and toasted coconut, with some rich cocoa nibs and coconut oil for a sweet, tropical indulgence. Since this product is a little on the expensive side at $9 a bag, Amazon reviewers suggest saving it as a treat rather than considering it an every day meal. Up to you!
Lydia’s Apple Crunch Sprouted Cereal
Self-described as a granola, Lydia’s Apple Crunch Sprouted Cereal is a raw product that is also grain, soy, and gluten free. It’s made from sprouted sunflower seeds, apples, raisins, walnuts, figs, sprouted almonds, which are dehydrated at low temperatures to keep the nutrients intact, and then dusted with a bit of cinnamon. Each 12-ounce bag is $10.
Blissful Eats Maple Nut Crunch Granola
Blissful Eats Maple Nut Crunch Granola is a great choice if you like to add a bit of crunch to your breakfast. Reviewers report using this as a yogurt topping or just enjoying by the handful as a replacement for cookies and other sweets. This product is made primarily from cashews, almonds, maple syrup, walnuts, coconut meat, and almond flour. It is paleo and free of dairy, gluten, refined sugars, and soy. This two-pack is a bit on the pricey side with each bag coming out to about $12, but with some reviewers proclaiming this is the “best granola they’ve ever had” we’d say it’s at least worth a try.
Nature's Path Q'ia Chia, Buckwheat and Hemp Cereal
Nature’s Path Q’ia Chia, Buckwheat and Hemp Cereal is a superfood powerhouse! It’s made from just three simple ingredients, is high in protein, and does not contain any added sugar or salt. While this product is called cereal, it is definitely more like a granola. Nature’s Path recommends suggest customers to sprinkle the product on yogurt, oatmeals, and salads, or just bake it right into bread or muffins. Considering this stuff expands 16 times its size in your stomach, this $10 bag should last you a while (at least that’s what Amazon reviewers are saying)!
Wildway Banana Nut Granola
If you like your granola with a subtle and natural sweetness, look no further than Wildway Banana Nut Granola. This paleo, grain-free, and gluten-free product is made from a mixture of nuts and spices and according to reviews, achieves a chewy texture and perfectly sweet taste using dates and bananas as opposed to artificial sweeteners, flavorings, or extracts. Reviewers also report that it will remind you of homemade banana nut bread but without all of the carbs. No wonder people are describing it as life-changing! Each 10 ounce bag is just $8.
Go Raw Raisin Crunch Sprouted Granola
It’s always a good sign when you can count the number of ingredients a product has with just one hand. That’s the case with Go Raw Raisin Crunch Sprouted Granola, a gluten and grain free blend that is made with buckwheat groats, dates, flax seeds, and raisins. This product is perfect for those who don’t want an overly crunchy granola or are trying to avoid nuts. With no added sugar, this granola is not overly sweet, so many Amazon reviewers suggest mixing it with another naturally-sweetened granola or cereal to get the nutrition benefits in a tasty way. They also report that its somewhat flat flavor makes it a perfect dairy-free yogurt topper or an easy way to bulk up a fruit bowl. In this bulk offer you get two one-pound bags for a little over $13 a bag.
Pulp Pantry Veggie Granola
If you don’t necessarily like your granola sweet, don’t worry there are still options for you out there. Take Pulp Pantry Veggie Granola, for instance. Each bag of this unique product contains a half-pound of organic produce and nut pulp – nutrient dense resources that are normally wasted as a byproduct of the commercial juicing industry. Depending on the flavor, each pack in this sampler bundle contains either carrot, beet, apple and/or coconut pulp from local organic juicing operations in California and is then sweetened lightly with coconut sugar. Pretty creative! Each bag comes out to just a little over $5.
Enjoy Life Not Nuts! Beach Bash Granola
For a granola with a tropical twist, try Enjoy Life Not Nuts! Beach Bash Granola. The sweet flavors of pineapple, cranberries, and apricots is balanced with the savory sunflower kernels and roasted pumpkin seeds. And according to Amazon reviews, everything is chopped nice and small for easy snacking. It’s also free of the top eight allergens including wheat, gluten, nuts, egg, and soy. This bundle pack gets you six six-ounce bags, ensuring that you don’t go overboard and eat the whole pouch in one sitting. At $16 that’s less than $3 a bag.
Elan Granola Shots
Some granolas are so good, you have to stop yourself from having too much. Elan Granola Shots makes this task easy by packing their granola in tiny pouches that are a little over one ounce. Each “shot” contains a mix of cashews, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, Macadamia nuts, and flax seeds and is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and coconut oil. It’s paleo, has 600 milligrams of omega 3s and is free of refined sugars, soy, gluten, and grains. Reviewers describe this granola as a real feel-good snack! You can get 12 “shots” for $18.
Columbia County Apple Cinnamon Flax Granola
People have different criteria when determining whether a granola is good or not. Some are looking for a tasty, sweet treat that can be eaten straight out of the bag by the handful. Others are simply looking for a way to nutritionally boost existing meals. If you’re part of the latter group, then you will probably enjoy Columbia County Apple Cinnamon Flax Granola. The $12 pouch is 60 percent flax, and then apples, raisins, and sunflower seeds make up a large part of the remainder. While many reviewers have not found this to be flavorful enough at first, as one Amazon reviewer shares, with just a bit of coconut milk it has the capability to transforms into a delectable snack. You’ll have to test it out yourself!
Organic Gemini Tigernut Raw Granola
If you’ve never tried tigernuts before, Organic Gemini Raw Tigernut Granola is a great place to start. Despite what the name may lead you to believe, this paleo mix is actually nut-free as well as raw, vegan, and kosher. Plus, since tigernuts have a hefty amount of resistant starch, just one serving of this granola is 40 percent of your daily fiber recommendation. No wonder one Amazon reviewer shared that just one handful will keep you full for hours! Each 8-ounce bag is $10.
Two Moms in the Raw Soul Sprout
This box of Two Moms in the Raw Soul Sprout may say breakfast cereal in the front, but rest assured that this product has all the sweet crunchy goodness of granola! Made primarily of sunflower seeds, coconut, raisins, banana, and almonds, reviewers have enjoyed this raw mix both by itself and with almond milk. Each 14-ounce box is about $14. Not bad for a handmade product!
Purely Elizabeth Banana Nut Butter Granola
Purely Elizabeth Banana Nut Butter Granola keeps their mix pretty simple. The salty-sweet clusters consist of banana purée, hemp seeds, and chia seeds are coated in cashew butter and coconut oil with hints of vanilla and sea salt. The granola is sweetened lightly with coconut sugar for a low-glycemic treat you can munch on freely. Grab a 1/2-pound bag for a little over $12.
KZ Clean Eating Swedish Breakfast Cereal
In Sweden, the sister-cereal to granola is called meusli. Which is why this nutty KZ Clean Eating Swedish Breakfast Cereal has meusli written on the box. While meusli, by definition, includes oats and grains, this particular granola is made from sunflower seeds, coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, cold pressed coconut oil, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans, cinnamon, and vanilla powder. Mmm… Each bag is $13 so if you’re gonna share, make sure you buy extra!
See! Granola doesn’t need oats or grains to be delicious. Which product will you try first? Tell us in the comments.
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