Low-fat Granola

Granola Intro 1 - CBMI make my own granola because I want to know and control exactly what is in my food, and because I want a truly healthy, low-fat granola. This is my homemade granola served with fat-free vanilla yogurt. Some years ago, I stopped eating granola due to the high fat content of most commercially prepared granolas. In 2010, after tasting a low-fat version in a restaurant, I began making my own.

This granola tastes really good right from the oven, while it is still warm. Be sure to let it cool a bit, though. If kept tightly sealed, this granola will keep in your pantry for several weeks.

Prep Time:   15 min.          Cook time:  1 hour      Ready in:  1 hour     Yield:   about 8 cups



  • 4  Granola 3 - CBM ccups rolled oats or “old fashioned” oatmeal
  • 1 cup dried cranberries* (without added sugar)
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup turbinado (raw) sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice*

Granola Packaged CBMInstructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place the dry ingredients (the first 5) in a large baking dish or broiler pan
  3. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Add apple juice, and stir well.
  5. Add honey, and stir well.
  6. Bake at 350 F. for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool in the baking dish.
  8. Store in tightly covered containers.

* About the Cranberries and Apple Juice

When I can find them I buy unsweetened cranberries in bulk. Lately, I have been able to find only those with sugar added. It goes against the grain for this public health educator, as sugar causes inflammation, among other things, but I don’t want to leave out those cranberries, so I buy what is available. Raisins can be substituted, but be aware raisins have a very high sugar content.

Orange juice can be substituted for apple juice, but it, too, has far more sugar (i.e., calories) than apple juice.


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