Homemade Low-Fat Granola
Quick, simple and healthy, this versatile, homemade low-fat granola is more than just a breakfast cereal: add dried fruit for a portable snack, or combine with yogurt and berries for an amazing parfait.
1 cup (250 mL) raw wheat germ
1/2 cup (125 mL) sunflower seeds
1 cup (250 mL) flaxseeds
1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
3/4 cup (175 mL) honey
1/4 cup (50 mL) coconut oil (or canola oil)
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
1/2 cup (125 mL) cold water
1 cup (250 mL) pitted dates, cut into small pieces
2 cups (500 mL) dried cranberries
1 cup (250 mL) raisins
Preheat oven to 300F and set the oven rack in the middle.
In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and cinnamon. In a smaller glass bowl, combine honey and coconut oil, then warm in microwave or on stovetop until liquid. Add vanilla and water. Add wet mixture to the dry, stirring until crumbly. Spread onto a 13-by-18-inch baking sheet.
Bake for 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes and rotating pan to compensate for any hot spots in the oven. Remove from oven and cool. Transfer to a large bowl, and add pitted dates, dried cranberries and raisins. Store granola in airtight containers and refrigerate for future use.
Best Health Magazine, Summer 2008, Reader's Digest; Photo: Edward Pond