Granola is one of those seemingly healthy foods. Dried fruit, oats and nuts sound innocent but when they’re wrapped in a blanket of syrup, it’s a caloric nightmare. I very rarely reference calories, but when the average cup has 500 of them, I’ve got to step in. Lucky for you, I’m here to share my all time favorite granola recipe with you. Lower in sugar than most store bought brands, it packs in tons of nutrition with added wheat germ, bran, flaxseeds, and almonds. The best part about this recipe is that you can be as creative as you like. Sometimes I make it with diced apricots and pistachios. Delicious! My favorite way to eat granola is topped with almond milk. What’s yours?
1 cup dried fruit ( I used raisins & golden raisins)
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
4 tbsp. ground flax seeds
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup wheat bran
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Scant 3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the oats, wheat bran, wheat germ, flaxseeds, cinnamon, and ginger. In a separate bowl combine the apple juice, molasses, and vanilla extract. Pour the apple juice mixture into the dry oat mixture. Stir well to combine. Pour the mixture on top a large baking sheet (might need 2) sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes until browned. Remove from over, let cool and add raisins and almonds. Store in an airtight container!
Makes 10 generous servings. 256 calories, 6g fat, 6g fiber, 7g protein