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Healthy Homemade Granola Recipes: Low-Fat, Less Sugar and Delicious!
Oven Baked Granola: Basic Recipe
Store-bought granola is too sweet and too expensive for my tastes. It's also packed with extra fat and sugar, so if you want a healthy breakfast, make your own. Plus, homemade granola is so easy to make. You'll save calories and money. So why not give it a try to make your own?
You can adjust the amount of fat and sugar so it tastes the way you like it. But here's the basic recipe:
Michigan Dried Cherries
Michigan is famous for its cherries. This is a good price fox a 4-pound box.
The cookbook that inspired me to make granola!
5 cups 100% whole grain rolled oats, old-fashioned style, not instant
1 cup oat bran
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup honey
4 Tablespoons frozen white grape juice concentrate, slightly thawed
3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix oats, oat bran, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Combine juice concentrate, light brown sugar, and honey in a small bowl. Tip: Use a scale and add 2 oz. honey to juice concentrate and brown sugar mixture. Then microwave for about 10 seconds to soften.
- Stir combined sweeteners into the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add chopped walnuts and mix until evenly distributed.
- Spread mixture on a large rimmed cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
- After the first 15 minutes, remove from oven and stir so the mixture bakes evenly.
- Bake 5 more minutes then stir again. Repeat once or twice, depending on desired crunchiness.
- Add dried cherries during the last 5 minutes.
- Allow granola to cool completely before storing in a jar or zip-lock bag.
Other interesting cookbooks to consider.
P (Personalized) U (Unleavened) G (Granola) as in bars, bread, and cereal.
Raw Granola = Muesli
If you don't bake it at all it's called muesli, a famous old Swiss cereal. Use even less sweetener or, better yet, none at all.
14 Variations on a Granola Theme
♥ Substitute different frozen juice concentrates – apple or orange juice, for example, for different flavors.
♥ Instead of oat bran, use wheat bran. Add a tablespoon or two of flax seed or wheat germ.
♥ Substitute or combine any nuts or seeds you like: almonds, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.
♥ Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut.
♥ Change up the spices: Try 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cardamon, 2 teaspoons vanilla. (Some people swear by cardamon.)
♥ Replace the juice concentrate with 1/3 cup honey and 1/3 cup pure maple syrup. (Honey alone is pretty clumpy, but you might try 2/3 cup pure maple syrup alone.)
♥ Replace or add to the dried cherries other dried fruits: prunes, raisins, currents, dates, peaches, bananas, mangoes, apricots, nectarines, or apples, or a combination. Note: the more fruit you use, the less sweetener you need!
♥ Add minced candied ginger.
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