Sunday, August 29, 2010

SUPER LOW-FAT GRANOLA CEREAL

I really enjoy granola on top of yogurt or just a handful for a quick snack, but I rarely buy it from the store. The higher quality types can be pretty spendy and the lower quality types are either pretty high in fat or just don't taste very good in my opinion. This granola recipe is the first that I've tried in years, and I like that it doesn't call for any butter or oil. It's a simple recipe with pretty inexpensive ingredients, but you could easily add anything you want and come up with your own yummy combination.

SUPER LOW-FAT GRANOLA CEREAL                     Makes 9 cups
(Recipe from Taste of Home)

(Printable Recipe)

8 Cups old-fashioned oats
1 Cup raisins
1/2 Cup chopped dried apricots (I didn't have any so I slightly increased the other two fruits)
1/2 Cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 Cups packed brown sugar (I reduced it a bit by not packing)
1/2 Cup water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. maple extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract

**Update** A a comment was left suggesting to delay putting raisins and other dried fruit in until half way through cooking time to avoid them from getting cripy, and after trying it this way, I would advise doing it this way. You could even omit the dried fruit and just add it in right before serving.
In a very large bowl, combine the oats, raisins, apricots and cranberries; set aside. In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water and salt.  Cook and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until brown sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat; stir in extracts. Pour over oat mixture and stir well to coat.

Transfer to two greased 15" x 10" baking pans, Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until crisp; stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely in pans on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Serve with milk, yogurt, ice cream, or by itself!

4 comments:

Carrian said...

hooray! i'm so glad you posted this. i'll make it next week

somethingedible said...

Yay for granola! One of the best ways I know to get my 3yo to eat whole grains. I just did a granola experiment with grated butternut squash in it the other day that wasn't half-bad.
(Fwiw, I add my dried fruits right after it comes out of the oven so as to keep 'em from getting all crunchified.)

Kelli said...

Good tip with adding the fruit it in after baking! I debated about that with this one, but call me wierd, I kinda like raisins a little hard in granola.

Kelli said...

Carrian, let me know how it turns out for you!