This recipe has a few surprising ingredients. But no added fat! It is sweet and crunchy and perfect for a light breakfast or as a topping over yogurt. For breakfast, I like to serve it in a cute little sundae dish and make a parfait with layers of vanilla yogurt, fresh berries and granola. It’s like dessert for breakfast.
As you know, most granolas can be high in fat. My granola has no added fat whatsoever. The only fat that you will find in this recipe, is the fat that naturally occurs in the ingredients. Good fats. The kind you find in nuts and seeds.
Here are some of the ingredients in my recipe:
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats. The same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
The flax seeds are full high omega-3 fatty acid and are high in fiber.
Oats not only are high in fiber, but they are already known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream.
Wheatgerm contains vitamin E, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Thiamin, Phosphorous, & Zinc
I have made other granola recipes before, but it is time consuming and because the dry ingredients have to be roasted in a shallow pan in the oven, it tends to heat up the kitchen. So it’s not something I want to do on a hot day. This microwave technique gives you all the crunch and sweetness, but in one microwaveable bowl.
In a microwave safe bowl, (I use my Microwaveable Glass Measuring Bowl) put:
1/3 c. nuts (sliced or slivered almonds, pecan pieces, etc.)
Microwave on high for about 1 minute 20 seconds. Then add:
1 ¼ c. regular oats
¼ c. Grape Nuts cereal
2 T. crushed All -Bran Cereal (not Bran Buds!)
¼ c. wheat germ
2 T. flax seeds
3 T. brown sugar
¼ t. cinnamon
In a small bowl, stir together:
4 T. honey
1 t. vanilla
1 t. almond extract
Pour over oat/nut mixture and stir well to combine. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stirring every minute.
¼ c. toasted coconut*
¼ c. raisins, dried cranberries or other dried fruit
Pour out onto wax paper and allow to cool. Store in airtight container.
This makes wonderful Granola Pancakes! Click HERE for my recipe!
*To make toasted coconut, Click HERE for instructions.