Lowfat Granola

Lowfat Granola

Lowfat Granola

When I was a kid, my mom made the best granola. It had coconut and sesame seeds in it which made it stand out from other granolas. It also had quite a bit of oil in it which made it really high in calories. Well, I’ve been craving that granola lately so decided to experiment with her original recipe to see if I could come up with something with less calories but the same great taste. My thought was to substitute light coconut milk for the coconut and oil in the recipe. This would give the flavor I wanted but a lot less calories. Well, it turned out great and I cut 100 calories out of a 1/2 cup serving with my substitutions so I think I was very successful. This granola only has 28% of the calories from fat and most of that is good fat from the nuts and oatmeal!! I hope you enjoy this as much as I have . . . and with no guilt!!

4 1/2 C. regular oatmeal (not quick)
1/4 C. wheat bran
1/4 C. sesame seeds
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
3/4 C. light coconut milk
1/2 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
1/2 C. sliced almonds
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
1/2 C. dried cherries or raisins (added after toasting)

In a large bowl, mix together the oatmeal, bran, sesame seeds, almonds, and walnuts. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pour over the oatmeal mixture and stir well so that the dry ingredients are coated evenly with the coconut milk mixture. Spread on a large greased jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with sides and bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes until toasted. After the granola is cool, stir in 1/2 C. of raisins or dried cherries. Makes 6 1/2 cups.

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2 Responses to “Lowfat Granola”
  1. Barbara Lough says:

    I am always on lookout for low fat granola recipe. Will definitely try this one.

  2. faithfulfoodie says:

    I think you’ll like it. Let me know what you think if you try it.

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