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Healthy Homemade Granola Recipes: Low-Fat, Less Sugar and Delicious!

Updated on May 26, 2012
Oven baked granola contains old-fashioned rolled oats, dried cherries, and walnuts....but no butter or oils!
Oven baked granola contains old-fashioned rolled oats, dried cherries, and walnuts....but no butter or oils! | Source

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

Traverse Bay Fruit Dried Cherries, 4 Pound
Traverse Bay Fruit Dried Cherries, 4 Pound

Michigan is famous for its cherries. This is a good price fox a 4-pound box.

 

Ingredients


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



Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix oats, oat bran, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Stir combined sweeteners into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add chopped walnuts and mix until evenly distributed.
  6. Spread mixture on a large rimmed cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
  8. After the first 15 minutes, remove from oven and stir so the mixture bakes evenly.
  9. Bake 5 more minutes then stir again. Repeat once or twice, depending on desired crunchiness.
  10. Add dried cherries during the last 5 minutes.
  11. Allow granola to cool completely before storing in a jar or zip-lock bag.


Other interesting cookbooks to consider.

The Pug Bread Recipe Book: A Guide to Making Homemade Cereal Bars, Energy Bars and Granola
The Pug Bread Recipe Book: A Guide to Making Homemade Cereal Bars, Energy Bars and Granola

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.


Oats before they mature.
Oats before they mature. | Source

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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    • JSParker profile imageAUTHOR

      JSParker 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Welcome Indian Chef! Recently I've been experimenting with this recipe again. I've reduced the ratio of sweeteners by increasing the amount of oats to 6 cups and of bran to 1-1/2 cups and added a few tablespoons of flaxseed meal (adds nutrition benefits of Omega-3, lignans, and dietary fiber.) I find that I like it just fine not as sweet. I've even started experimenting with using some canola oil. It just depends on your preferences. Regardless, the result is a more nutritional and much less expensive delicious granola.

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      Indian Chef 

      6 years ago from New Delhi India

      Looks pretty easy to make and tasty to eat. I would try it out soon. No use stuffing yourself with commercial granola which is full of empty calories.

    • JSParker profile imageAUTHOR

      JSParker 

      7 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks dobo700 for visiting my hub. I hope you do try it. I just made another batch yesterday (I make one about every couple weeks) and I love it. So much better than store bought, and I can make it just the way I like it, as sweet (or not) as I want, and save money, too.

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      dobo700 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Mmm, sound delish! I can't wait to try this.

    • JSParker profile imageAUTHOR

      JSParker 

      7 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Dear Professor M, I couldn't agree with you more! We in America, especially, have developed a palate for the extra fat, sugar, and salt in processed food.

      I remember when I first encountered the idea of not putting butter on cooked vegetables. Hard to accept at the time. Now I prefer them that way. (I still use salt, but only after cooking.)

      As for granola, I really like mine homemade so much better than store-bought, which is highly sugared and also very expensive.

      Thank you so much for your comments and for visiting! Much appreciated.

      Best regards, JSP

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      Aka Professor M 

      7 years ago

      Processed foods are the real source of many of our dietary problems these days, JSParker. The amounts of excess fats, salt and sugar are excessive.

      These may have been traditionally used as preserving agents but given the health risk that have resulted from consuming them in large quantities, people are well advised to read the labels.

      Only by becoming more vigilant, observant and aware of what we eat, can we avoid those whose products are deleterious to our health.

      Recipes like yours, are a real public service and one which I heartily recommend to anyone who is serious about improving their health.

      Thanks for Sharing JSParker.

      Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D

    • JSParker profile imageAUTHOR

      JSParker 

      7 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      LOL. I certainly understand about Junk Food. Me? I eat too much ice cream! (Is that junk food or a good source of calcium? Depends on how you spin it.) So I try to make up for it with healthy things like veggies and fruit and homemade granola. Thanks for your visit!

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      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Very rich and healthy. I should try this - I eat too much Junk food. Thanks for the Recipe.

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