Sunday, June 07, 2009

Fast & Easy Non Fat Granola

On a whim I had the idea of making granola for breakfast this morning and its good to have around the house for a quick snack. People seem to think that granola is very healthy to eat, the basic ingredients of grains, nuts and dried fruits are healthy, but most of all the fat and calories come from the sugar and butter used to make it. My batch was simply oats, almonds and golden raisins, for additional sweetness I used agave nectar which comes from the agave plant that tequila is made from. It's a sweet liquid syrup that is fat free and has about 60 calories per tablespoon. Any combination of grains, nuts and dried fruits can be used, also chocolate chips or M&M's can be added to make it more of a trail mix. I made a bowl with non fat yogurt, Manila Mango and blueberries.

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup almonds (whole or sliced)
4 tablespoons agave nectar
dash cinnamon powder
dash vanilla extract

1. Combine oats, almond, cinnamon, vanilla and nectar on a sheet pan.

2. Bake at 350F for about 10-15 minutes, mix as needed so it is evenly browned.

3. Remove from oven, let cool then add the raisins, mix well and store in air tight containers.

1 comment:

Nicole said...

Wow..I just posted a new recipe on my website for a Breakfast Crisp using granola, and as I stated, fresh fruit, granola, and yogurt parfait is my favorite breakfast item..I personally KNOW that granola is not the healthiest of foods, but I love it anyway...I will definitly try your recipe though..Looks great!Check out my 6/9 entree...Hope you like it...Nicole