Easy Healthy Granola Homemade with No Fat and No Sugar

Healthy Granola

Granola is a great breakfast or snack.  I love eating it with Greek yogurt.  Here I've added raisins and dates to the basic recipe.
Granola is a great breakfast or snack. I love eating it with Greek yogurt. Here I've added raisins and dates to the basic recipe. | Source

Making Homemade Granola Easy

Can Granola be Healthier? Yes. The oats that form the basis of granola is very good for you and also gluten free. However, granola often has added sugars and fats which make a potentially good for you cereal into one that has more sugars than sweetened cereals. Unfortunately, many of the recipes for granola that are labeled as healthy contain lots of coconut oil, nuts, honey or agave, or lots of dried fruits. All of those can taste great but add fat and sugar. This basic chunky granola has no fats or sugars added. You decide what add-ins like nuts, dried fruit or coconut you want, or just eat it "as is." It is delicious!

Can you make a granola without adding oils, sugars or honey? Yes. After a lot of experiments, I've come up with a combination that works very well to make a chunky granola very much like our favorite brand but with no sugars, and no fat. How did I do it?

  • For flavor and to keep a good texture, I use butter spray (which adds a trace of oil) to coat the pan and the top of the granola as it cooks so that it doesn't get too hard (which happened when I didn't use it).
  • For sweetening: I made a combination of sugar-free maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and granulated sugar-free sweetener (whatever variety is your favorite, I use monk fruit).

Can granola without sugars and oils taste good? Yes! My family had to put up with a few batches that weren't so good before I finally hit on the winning combination. I tried several different suggestions in other recipes, such as fruit juice (which made the granola very hard to dry out and too hard, plus adding sugars), egg whites (very tough on my teeth), and applesauce (better but also adds sugars). Finally, I tried adding flour, which worked much better and really tasted right too.

Can Chunky Granola be Gluten Free? Absolutely. Just replace the all-purpose flour in the recipe with your favorite gluten-free substitutes such as rice flour or corn starch. The purpose of the flours is just to bind the oats together, so you really don't need much.

Can Granola include Ancient Grains? Sure. Just add those with the oats and you can make for yourself any combination of granola for a small fraction of the cost of store-bought varieties!

Mrs. Butterworth's Sugar Free Syrup

My recipe uses sugar free syrup, which I buy in my local grocery store. I used Mrs. Butterworth's Sugar-Free Maple syrup, which is available in many supermarkets in the United States. In mine, it costs $2.78 for a 24 oz. bottle. You can also order it from Walmart (or find it in a local store) for about $2.98. For a bit more, you can order it on Amazon in bulk.

Healthy Chunky Granola Recipe

5 stars from 2 ratings of No Fat, No Oil Granola

Cook Time for Healthy Granola

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 6 cups of granola, or 12 1/2 cup servings

Ingredients for Healthy Granola

  • 4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 cup flour, (all purpose, wheat, or gluten free)
  • 1 cup sugar-free maple syrup, (Mrs. Butterworths is the best)
  • 1/2 cup no sugar granulated sweetener
  • 1 TB cinnamon
  • 1 tea. vanilla extract, (or try almond, maple or other sweet flavoring)
  • sprays butter flavored baking spray
  • 2-4 cups Raisin Bran or other flake cereals such as corn (for gluten free), (optional-this adds a different texture and reduces density and lowers calories of granola)
  • 1/2 cup small nuts such as sunflower seeds or sliced almonds, (optional-this adds fats)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit such as raisins, dates, cranberries, apples or diced appricots, (optional-this adds sugars)

How to Make Granola Easy and Fast

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GranolaPut oatmeal, flour and cinnamon in a bowl.  Mix together.Put maple syrup, vanilla extract and no calorie granulated sweetener in small bowl and mix thoroughly with a fork.Pour liquid mixture into the oatmeal mixture and use a spoon to combine.Granola mixture will look clumpy.  You can taste it at this point to see if it is sweet enough.  If not, you can add a bit more maple syrup.Line a cookie sheet with parchment, silcone sheet or foil.  Spray with butter spray.  Spread Granola mixture on top and spray with butter spray again.Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Take out and break apart with hands or a spoon.  Cool.  Add any additional ingredients.
Granola
Granola | Source
Put oatmeal, flour and cinnamon in a bowl.  Mix together.
Put oatmeal, flour and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix together. | Source
Put maple syrup, vanilla extract and no calorie granulated sweetener in small bowl and mix thoroughly with a fork.
Put maple syrup, vanilla extract and no calorie granulated sweetener in small bowl and mix thoroughly with a fork. | Source
Pour liquid mixture into the oatmeal mixture and use a spoon to combine.
Pour liquid mixture into the oatmeal mixture and use a spoon to combine. | Source
Granola mixture will look clumpy.  You can taste it at this point to see if it is sweet enough.  If not, you can add a bit more maple syrup.
Granola mixture will look clumpy. You can taste it at this point to see if it is sweet enough. If not, you can add a bit more maple syrup.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment, silcone sheet or foil.  Spray with butter spray.  Spread Granola mixture on top and spray with butter spray again.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment, silcone sheet or foil. Spray with butter spray. Spread Granola mixture on top and spray with butter spray again. | Source
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Take out and break apart with hands or a spoon.  Cool.  Add any additional ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Take out and break apart with hands or a spoon. Cool. Add any additional ingredients.

How to Make Easy Crunchy Granola

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Put oats, flour, and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix together.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine sugar-free maple syrup, no calorie sweetener and vanilla.
  3. Pour liquid mixture onto the oats and stir until all the oat mixture is well coated.
  4. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, a silicone mat, or foil. Spray the lining with butter-flavored baking spray.
  5. Pour the oat mixture on the baking sheet and spread out. Spray the top with butter-flavored baking spray.
  6. Place tray in the oven. Bake for 15-25 minutes until lightly brown at edges and almost dry to the touch. Alternatively, I often bake it for just 10 minutes and then turn the oven off and let the granola continue to dry out for the next hour or so.
  7. Take granola out and use your hands to break it into chunks. Add in any extra ingredients you want, such as dried fruits, nuts or flake cereals. Store in air-tight container.

Healthy Granola Added Ingredients

added ingredient per recipe
added fat per serving
added sugar per serving
calories per 1/2 cup Granola
1/2 cup nuts (sunflower used for example)
3 grams
0
145
1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins used for example)
0
3 grams
136
2 cups flake cereal (cornflakes)
0
.5
98
2 cups flake cereal with raisins (raisin bran)
trace
2 grams
105
2 oz cup coconut (flaked unsweetened)
3 grams
.25
147
Like me, you may want to add in some other ingredients to your granola. Here is a handy list of ideas for add-ins which lets you know how much each add-in will add in terms of fat, sugar and calories to a 1/2 cup serving. Because brands of ingredie

Chunky Granola (made with flour)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 115
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 53 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Comments 11 comments

Tiana Andrews 3 months ago

I really love granola and the fact that you put a healthy spin on it makes me even more excited to try this recipe!


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Akriti Mattu 19 months ago from Shimla, India

Great Hub.So useful. Voted up.


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VirginiaLynne 23 months ago from United States Author

Vespawoolf thanks for your comments. You are absolutely right that adding stevia should work. I have also used juice.


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vespawoolf 23 months ago from Peru, South America

I´m glad we can benefit from your granola experiments! I´m happy to know about adding flour, although we can´t get the sugar free syrup here. I usually add a little stevia and use butter since I don´t have an objection to a little fat. I like that you add vanilla and cinnamon for flavor. I´ve pinned this.


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VirginiaLynne 2 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Glimmer Twin Fan--I've tinkered with this recipe for my kids, who don't really need to go completely without sugar and fat. I have found that adding 1 TB of oil and 1/4-1/2 cup of brown sugar makes it taste better--and they actually don't know it is mostly sugar and fat free. However, I wrote this recipe for people who do need to keep all fat and sugar out of the diet if possible--like me!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

Granola is always a favorite of mine as I like the crunch factor. To be able to enjoy it without unnecessary extras would be a good thing.

I will be giving this a try.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

I'll be giving this a shot Virginia - I have 2 really yummy recipes for granola, but they are loaded with fat and sugar. Granola is one of the few things my daughter will eat (choosy eater) so hopefully this will be a good snack for her. Shared around.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I like your recipe. So manhy granola bars have hidden sugars and fats and are high in calories. I would keep these in my purse for emergency and snack purposes for sure!


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Granola is great and you just made it healthier and more fun, thanks


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VirginiaLynne 2 years ago from United States Author

Thanks mdscoggins! This really does taste terrific. I can't stop eating it for a snack. In fact, I had to grab another handful when I was writing the recipe!


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

Hi Virginia - great recipe. I will look forward to making this. I try to stay away from granola due to the fat and sugar content but this sounds great :) Voted up and shared.

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