Low Fat Granola


Granola. How many times can I talk about granola? Probably as many times as I can eat it, which is a lot, if people allow it.

I’ve had sweet, gooey, chewy, sticky granola (my favorite, from Urth cafe in LA) and i’ve had crunchy, hard, sweet, yet slightly-savory granola. The latter being my favorite, healthy granola. This isn’t so far on the health spectrum that it’s made with bananas and applesauce but it’s the perfect breakfast for when you feel like you deserve a treat.

The first time I had granola at my mothers kitchen counter I was blown away. If you’ve never made your own you’ll soon be that person in the restaurant denying the granola they serve because it’s not ‘homemade’. Snobbish? Maybe, but that’s okay.

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This is the ‘treat’ version of my favorite granola. Typically, I’ll decrease the sugar and I don’t miss the extra sweetness. However, I thought I would leave that up to you. It’s VERY important that you let the granola brown as it should. It’s going to be a deeper color than the granola you find at the store and it’s going to take anywhere from 25-40 minutes to get there. Watch it. Don’t walk away and forget about it. I’ve done it. It’s not worth it. You’ll come back to a tray of burned pecans you won’t be able to escape the unpleasant taste of burned nuts and utter disappointment.

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For the lower sugar version, look here. 

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Homemade Granola
Makes about 5 cups
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt (be generous)
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup craisins
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment. Mix first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir honey and oil in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Pour honey mixture over oats and toss. Spread on baking sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes. About 30-40 minutes. Allow granola to cool completely before stirring to get those delicious clumps that we love in granola. Last, mix in dried fruit and store in a mason jar or ziploc container.

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