Here is my own fat-free granola recipe, all ready for the cookbook I'll probably never publish!
More With Even Less (Fat-Free) Granola
I love granola but I donâ€™t need the high fat content of traditional granola. I also donâ€™t need the high price! This one leaves out the oil, nuts and seeds and adds only a little bit of juice for sweetening. Millet is a surprise guest â€“ itâ€™s an old, nutrient dense grain that toasts up nicely. Coconut extract is optional, but if you like coconut in your granola, this is a clever way to have the flavor without the calories.
Most recipes tell you to use a cookie sheet for baking, but I need higher edges when I stir so I use a roasting pan instead, or a large cake pan.
This is gluten free as long as you choose gluten free oats and oat bran. Amounts can be adjusted to taste.
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick)
Â˝ cup millet
Â˝ cup oat bran
1 Â˝ cup low sugar juice (apple or orange)
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
ÂĽ teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
Mix first 3 ingredients in roasting pan. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate container, then add to oat mixture and stir until uniformly moist and sticky.
Spread out in roasting pan evenly.
Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Be sure to stir thoroughlyâ€”edges get brown toward end of cooking and can burn.
Let cool in pan completely. Store at room temperature in sealed container.
Serve with fresh fruit and your favorite milk substitute.
Each Â˝ cup serving contains: 300 calories, 12 g protein, 5 g fat, 9 g fiber plus 40% of daily need for magnesium and iron.
Nourishing your body is a non-negotiable priority.