Eating a diet completely free of added sugars is all the rage right now, and justly so - finally a health trend that's actually based in science! Unfortunately even foods that might seem healthy, such as granola, can have way more sugar than you'd ever imagine. On top of that, homemade granola is SO easy to make, so it begs the question why to even bother spending more on packaged granola when homemade is fresher, tastier, easier on your wallet, and more nutritious too. While companies might take shortcuts to increase their profits, you and I can easily afford to throw in some extra nutritious ingredients like hemp seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts to make this granola truly slammin'.
Here's a simple trick to make this granola even more affordable AND sustainable - shop for the ingredients in the bulk section of your grocery store. Whole Foods always has a legit bulk section. Oats, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, prunes, and dates can all be found in bulk at Whole Foods. I find these bulk items to be way fresher than anything prepackaged anyways.
If you're trying out this recipe for the first time and don't know if you'll use all of these ingredients again, buy only exactly what you need in bulk. Nobody likes old bags of wasted food and money laying around their cabinet for years. I love bringing my own reused zip lock baggies with me to the bulk section so I don't have to waste any single-use plastic bags - check it out here.
While this recipe has has some sugar in it (maple syrup, dates, and prunes), it ends up being very little sugar per serving. The maple syrup adds only 1 teaspoon of sugar per serving. The sugar in the fruit I'm not worried about, since whole fruits are highly nutritious and these sugars are unprocessed (the same can't be said for fruit juice though!)
I developed this recipe to help me survive my 30 Day No Sugar Challenge to help alleviate my psoriasis, candida yeast overgrowth, and period pains. I have been eating very little sugar for much longer than 30 days now since the results have been so awesome.
Coconut Granola with Dates & Prunes
Serving Size: ½ cup
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
To easily divide into 9 portions:
Recipe adapted from Elizabeth Rider's Easy Healthy Homemade Granola recipe. Informed by Minimalist Baker's Super Chunky Coconut Granola.
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We’re two Registered Dietitian Nutritionists of kindred spirit, living and working in New York City. We believe that healthy eating and sustainability go hand-in-hand — every bite you take has the power to improve both the world and your health!