Make your own healthy, lower-sugar granola from scratch by combining oats, wheat germ, walnuts, raisins, and a bit of brown sugar. Serve in a bowl with milk or layer into a parfait with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit.
I adore this recipe!
Store-bought granola is often loaded with added sugar. I use just 1/4 cup brown sugar and naturally-sweet raisins, which don’t contain added sweetener. I boost the nutrient density by adding sunflower seeds and walnuts for heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
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- Serves: 12
- Serving size: about ½ cup
- Calories: 290
- Fat: 18g
- Saturated fat: 1.5g
- Carbohydrates: 26g
- Sodium: 65mg
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 7g
- 3 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped walnuts
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅓ cup organic canola oil
- 1 egg white (save the yolk for a later use)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly oil or coat two medium-size baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. (If you are making half a recipe, just use one large, rimmed baking sheet.)
- Stir together the oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, egg white, and vanilla until well blended. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until well coated.
- Spread the mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheets and place in the oven side by side. Bake about 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until golden brown. When done, cool about 10 minutes before stirring in the raisins.
- * To make parfaits, use about about ½ cup granola and layer with your favorite low-fat Greek yogurt and fresh sliced fruit.
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