Are you looking for a healthy granola to sprinkle over yogurt for breakfast or to snack on in the afternoon that doesn’t have any added sugars? A low-sugar granola can be hard to find on the shelf of your grocery store, but have no fear! I have you covered with this easy-to-make, no sugar added granola clusters recipe.
One of the most common questions I get asked as a health coach is, “Is granola good for you?”. Now, let me be clear. I love granola. I’ve even made plenty of my own, including this Blueberry Vanilla Almond Granola, Tart Cherry & Almond Protein Granola and Gingersnap Granola (a favorite around here!)
Granola is perfect for sprinkling on top of Greek yogurt for breakfast or eaten as cereal with a splash of homemade almond milk.
And if you’re looking for a low or no-sugar option? Forget about it! That is nearly impossible to find in the pre-made aisle.
Many of the people I work with as a health coach are looking to reduce sugar in their diet where they can to help jumpstart healthy weight loss and decrease inflammation. And even though I am a big proponent of natural sugars, this often times means limiting or eliminating these as well.
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No Sugar Added Granola Clusters
When it comes to buying already packaged foods, I encourage clients to make their own version where they can, and this granola is a great place to start!
I wanted to experiment with two things I had never tried before in this granola: applesauce and egg whites. I wanted to use applesauce to add just a touch of natural sweetness from the fruit, and the egg whites to create the coveted granola clusters, instead of a handful of crumbly nuts and oats, since there isn’t much else to bind the two together.
The results? Insanely delicious, crunchy and clumpy (in a good way!).
I’m finding that the more I decrease the amount of sugar in my diet, the less I crave sweets and the sweeter things taste. Which for me, is a step in the right direction, considering I used to dive two hands first into a plate of cookies or homemade cakes.
Related Recipe: Tart Cherry & Almond Protein Granola
Whether you’re looking to decrease the amount of (processed or natural) sugar in your diet or to just try something new, I would encourage you to try out this no-sugar added granola clusters recipe!
Even though it’s low in sugar, add a few blueberries or sliced bananas on top and you a have a delicious balance of sweet, nutty and crunchy all in one bite!Print
Try this easy-to-make, no sugar added healthy granola recipe. It’s perfect to sprinkle over yogurt for breakfast or to snack on in the afternoon.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Add the oats, nuts, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes and ground flaxseed to a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. In a small bowl, mix together the applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- In the same small bowl, add the egg whites. Whisk until just starting to foam. Fold the egg whites into the granola mixture until well coated and evenly mixed.
- On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread the granola into a thin layer. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes (stirring halfway through) until the granola is golden brown.
- Remove the granola from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Break the granola into clusters. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 252
- Sugar: 3g
- Sodium: 161mg
- Fat: 19g
- Saturated Fat: 5g
- Unsaturated Fat: 12g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 17g
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 7g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: breakfast, gluten-free, granola, granola clusters, low sugar, snack