Saturday, November 20, 2010

Low-Fat Granola

I like the taste of granola, but I never used to buy or make it because of the high calorie/fat content.  Then a friend told me it could be made with very little oil.  I did a Google search on "low-fat granola" and sure enough, it can be done!  This recipe is now a staple in our kitchen.

makes nine half-cup servings
 adapted from

4-1/2 c. old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1/3 c. sliced almonds
2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 c. apple juice (or orange juice)
1 T. vegetable oil
1 cup mixed dried fruit (e.g., raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries)

Preheat oven to 350.

Stir together oatmeal, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk maple syrup, juice, and oil; pour over oatmeal mixture and stir to coat thoroughly.

Spread mixture in an even layer onto a 15x12 baking pan.  Bake for 25 minutes, stirring twice during baking time.

Cool mixture in pan before adding dried fruit.  Store in airtight container.

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