Personal shopper: Chocolately granola
Granola is often marketed as a health food, writes Katy McGuinness, but it can contain lots of sugar. Is it possible to find one with the taste of chocolate that's - relatively - wholesome?
SuperValu Signature Tastes Hazelnut Black Forest Granola 9/10 SuperValu, 500g, €4.49
This granola is made for SuperValu by Siobhan Lawless of The Foods of Athenry and earned a Great Taste Award in 2018. The Irish oat granola is blended with cocoa, chopped sour cherries and hazelnuts. Our testers' hopes were not high (they thought that it would be very sweet), but were pleasantly surprised by the pronounced flavour of hazelnuts and chocolate, the welcome tang of cherry and the relatively modest 17g of sugar per 100g. They would, however, have preferred it to be crunchier.
The Happy Pear Dave’s Cocoa Granola 8/10 Widely available, 350g, €3.99
The Happy Pear's cocoa granola has its origins in twin Dave's childhood longing for the chocolate cereals that his mother wouldn't let him have. According to the information on the packaging, he developed this recipe to satisfy his inner child. The granola is made with oats and puffed brown rice, sweetened with date syrup, with added interest from sunflower seeds, cocoa and desiccated coconut. It contains 18.4g of sugar per 100g and does not taste over-sweet. Our testers particularly liked the crunchy texture.
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Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Creations Granola 6/10 Widely available, 320g, €3
This granola is made with 70pc cocoa chocolate chunks and honey roasted almonds, with clusters of oats. It tastes, observed one of our testers, like crushed Hobnobs. If you happen to have a sweet tooth, this is a granola that will probably appeal, but we can't help thinking that it is akin to one of those chocolate-based cereals that The Happy Pear's mother wanted to keep away from her son, as it contains 24g of sugar per 100g. Then again, if the situation calls for sugar, or if it's a cheat day, this doesn't taste bad.