Easy Healthy Granola Homemade with No Fat and No Sugar
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
Cook Time for Healthy Granola
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)
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How to Make Easy Crunchy Granola
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Put oats, flour, and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix together.
- In a smaller bowl, combine sugar-free maple syrup, no calorie sweetener and vanilla.
- Pour liquid mixture onto the oats and stir until all the oat mixture is well coated.
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, a silicone mat, or foil. Spray the lining with butter-flavored baking spray.
- Pour the oat mixture on the baking sheet and spread out. Spray the top with butter-flavored baking spray.
- 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.
- 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)
1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins used for example)
2 cups flake cereal (cornflakes)
2 cups flake cereal with raisins (raisin bran)
2 oz cup coconut (flaked unsweetened)
Chunky Granola (made with flour)
|Serving size: 1/2 cup|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 11 g||4%|
|Sugar 2 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 53 mg||2%|
|* 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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