Super Low-Fat Granola Cereal
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
- 8 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2% milk or reduced-fat plain yogurt
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, raisins, apricots and cranberries; set aside. In a small 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 the heat; stir in maple flavoring and vanilla. Pour over oat mixture; stir to coat.
- Transfer to two greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until crisp, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Serve with milk or yogurt.
Nutrition Facts1/2 cup: 246 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.
Mar 19, 2015
Very good, a tad too sweet and also do not add fruit with ingredients to bake. The fruit gets too hard, add after you take out of oven. Also, I used skim milk, tasty and crunchy.
Jan 14, 2013
easy and you can change it up abit . i use cinnamon and vanilla or almond.
Oct 8, 2012
this is a very nice granola recepe. I will definately be making it again. I used almond flavor instead of maple.
Jul 9, 2012
Excellent. I just used the brown sugar and water because I didn't want to go to the store. Can only imagine how much better it will be with the fruits. I will also in the future put it it super low in my oven and let it dehydrate for several hours. I am too ADD to watch this and it can burn kind of quick.
Jun 1, 2012
I am always trying new healthy granola recipes and I always find myself coming back to this one. I have now marked it as my favorite recipe. I add chopped almonds and sunflower seeds to mine to add more protein. It's very good.
Dec 20, 2011
Love this stuff! My husband is on a low fat diet and this fit the bill. It's delicious! I'm working on reducing the sugar and using dried tart cherries, apricots and blueberries.
Aug 20, 2011
Have made a version of this for years - thanks for sharing your version Kelly. I was turned off breakfast as a baby boomer growing up in the 50's, thanks to all the corn based boxed cereals. I very occasionally buy rice krispies, shreddies and the like for use in cookies and squares, but not for breakfast. This is a recipe that can adapt easily to personal preferences - a real keeper!
Aug 18, 2011
I used Splenda brown sugar mix for this recipe. It's got half the sugar but all the sweet flavour. I will be doubling up this recipe next time.
Jan 18, 2011
In fact I make this cereal about every two weeks. I use 3/4 cup brown sugar instead of the 1 1/2 c and its just fine. I also add 1 c of sliced almonds and 1 c coconut as well as 1 c of mixed dried cherries instead of the apricots. I also add cinnamon and nutmeg both and when its done cooking I sprinkle a few mini coc chips on top and wait till its cooled and place in storage container. My hubby and I eat this every morn for breakfast. It certainly cut the cereal budget as it is cheaper and far healthier to eat. I buy the oats at Sams club and the dried fruit too.
Jan 6, 2011
I'm with UPmomof3... No more buying granola for me! I was really impressed at the ease of this recipe & delicious results- easy to substitute ingredients to your family's liking! I made this this not even 2 days ago and it's almost gone!