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Super Low-Fat Granola Cereal

Serve this delicious mix for breakfast with milk, or sprinkle it over yogurt. You can add chopped walnuts or pecans, but it will increase the calorie count. —Kelly Kirby, Westville, Nova Scotia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 cups

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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 Facts
1/2 cup: 246 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • LegalSec
    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.

  • debbydoescooking
    Jan 14, 2013

    easy and you can change it up abit . i use cinnamon and vanilla or almond.

  • Tammy Hopkins
    Oct 8, 2012

    this is a very nice granola recepe. I will definately be making it again. I used almond flavor instead of maple.

  • Oonagh1
    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.

  • angiecp
    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.

  • Love2Experiment
    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.

  • Regi M
    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!

  • Shannon O
    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.

  • teriox2
    May 13, 2011

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  • rleonhar95
    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.