Taste test Granola
Summer lends itself to breakfast flexibility, but September means back to routine. Granola is an easy option, one that combines well with fresh fruit and milk or yoghurt. But are the commercial versions in the supermarket as healthful and wholesome as they appear, or would you better off spending a little time over the weekend making your own and getting the mix just the way you like it?
The Happy Pear Cool Jim's Granola, 500g, €4.99, 9/10
With only 13g of sugar per 100g, The Happy Pear's granola has the lowest sugar content of any of the granolas that we tested. This is crammed with the good stuff - sunflower seeds, sultanas, coconut, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and cashew nuts - and sweetened with agave and molasses. Very good.
Tesco Fruit & Nut Granola, 500g, €2.89, 6/10
This is not as sweet as some of the other granolas that we tested (18.9g per 100g), and there's plenty of interest with raisins, almonds, coconut and sunflower seeds, plus the price is good. Does contain palm oil.
Jordans Simply Granola, 750g, €3.89, 6/10
This granola from Jordans has less in the way of added interest than most of the others. In fact there's no fruit, and only 0.5pc of the total weight is made up of nuts. The sugar content is 18.4g per 100g and it contains palm oil.
Flahavan's Original Granola, 450g, €4.49, 5/10
24g of sugar per 100g makes for a very sweet granola (9.5g of sugar per 40g serving is the equivalent to more than two teaspoons), and our testers were divided as to whether they liked the added vanilla flavouring. It does contain a good variety of fruit (raisins, sultanas and cranberries), seeds and almonds.
Kelkin Fruit & Nut Granola, 500g, €4.79, 4/10
This has 23g of sugar per 100g, and our testers thought that there were too many jumbo raisins - they make up 10pc of the total weight. The nut content is 4.5pc. One for those with a very sweet tooth.