Granola may bring to mind images of incense burning, camping, and a halo of healthiness but store bought kinds are often sugar bombs. But can some granolas live up to the healthier than the hype?
We recently were given samples of Viki’s Granola new on-the-go Granola Packs to test for their health-o-meter reading. Viki’s Granola is not your grandma’s granola but, dang, it could be.
First, Viki is an actual person, Viki Sater, who creates the actual granola, originally for her daughter’s bake sale. Her small batch granola was so popular that orders began pouring in. Currently, Viki’s granola offers 5 different flavors: Original, Blueberry Almond, Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut and Apple Cinnamon.
So is this really the healthiest granola out there? Check out these healthful stats.
Sugar: Per 1/4 cup of granola, Viki’s has on average 4 grams of sugar.
Nutritionists suggest you should look for granola with 8 grams or less of sugar. The 1.5 ounce on-the-go Pack is perfectly portioned so you don’t have to wonder if you just snarfed down a crazy amount of granola. Also, bees rejoice, Viki’s only uses organic honey or pure maple syrup as a sweetener. You won’t find any high fructose corn syrup here.
Calories: With about 150 calories per pack, you would want to add some fruit or yogurt for a meal but this is a sizable snack to have in your bag after a workout.
Ingredients: Each granola features only 6-7 ingredients (gluten free oats, organic honey, unsweetened coconut, and different nut and fruit combos) and none that you would have to look up to figure out what it is. This is about as clean as you can get for a processed food. Viki’s is mindful of special diets as well.
• Gluten Free
• Non-GMO Verified
• Cholesterol Free
• Zero Trans Fats
• Sodium free
• Dairy Free
• Kosher Pareve
Viki’s Granola is pretty versatile as it is not overly sweet. Expect soft honey touched oats intermingling with dried fruit. It’s inclusion of tree nuts like almonds and walnuts adds a nice crunch and a pinch of healthy fats to keep you fuller longer. We liked eating it with a splash of coconut almond milk or mixing it up in a parfait. Viki’s website has other fun recipe suggestions like granola covered frozen bananas (summer yummer) or even granola crusted chicken.
So is Viki’s the World’s Healthiest Granola? It’s pretty close. There are a small amount of other granolas out there vying for the title. Does your favorite granola have a shot at the title?