A How to Make Homemade Low Calorie Granola Recipe

A How to Make Homemade Low Calorie Granola RecipeGranola makes a healthy, nutritious cereal and a good snack food. Creating and baking homemade granola only requires a few ingredients, but you can certainly experiment as you become more familiar with the cooking method. Most granola recipes call for nuts because they are nutritious and help to bulk out the product, but they are high in calories and should be used sparingly. They can be removed from this recipe for a lower calorie count.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut
  • ¼ cup seedless raisins
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
 
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Step 2
Place the dry ingredients, except the raisins, in a large mixing bowl.
Step 3
Heat the maple syrup and vanilla in a sturdy saucepan and add the brown sugar. Stir until all of the sugar has been dissolved.
Step 4
Pour the syrup mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well to coat.
Step 5
Smooth out the granola on a nonstick or lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten the mixture down with a spatula.
Step 6
Bake at 300 degrees F until it begins to brown. This should take about 30 minutes. Turn it once during the cooking process to make sure all ingredients get equally toasted. Pull immediately once your granola browns to prevent burning.
Step 7
Take the granola out of the oven to cool. Add the raisins. When it has cooled, place in an airtight container until ready for use. This recipe is 303 calories per ½-cup serving. You can lessen the calorie count further by deleting the almonds from the recipe, which will bring it down to 284 calories.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
To create granola clusters, add one tablespoon of water to mix and form small balls before baking.

Article Written By Nikki Jardin

Nikki Jardin began freelance writing in 2009 and focuses on food and travel articles. She has been a professional cook and caterer for more than 20 years. She holds a degree in environmental science from Humboldt State University.

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