It is amazing that with all the healthy ingredients in a granola, it can have an incredible amount of fat. I really thought hard about how I was going to make it accessible for us. I knew if I could control the fat, it would be a great snack for my hubby. After experimenting a few times, I hit upon a granola that was low in fat and really tasty. It got my hubby’s seal of approval. Cherry Cinnamon Granola has become a favorite in our home.
I know there are a lot of granola recipes out there but I have a really good reason for wanting to make it. Sure it is a great heart healthy snack for my hubby but the real reason was to duplicate a breakfast dish I had last year when we were visiting my Grandmother. Yes, I had an ulterior motive. I have been dreaming about a waffle topped with homemade granola and tropical fruit that I had at a little restaurant right on the Jersey shore. The restaurant is within walking distance of my grandmother’s apartment and we had walked down one morning. I usually am not a waffle eater. It’s not that I don’t like them but if I am splurging on breakfast I usually want biscuits and sausage. This time I went for the waffles and am so glad I did. They were insanely good with homemade granola, toasted coconut and mango. They did not need syrup or butter. I plan on replicating this dish soon The first step was to have a good low-fat granola. though.
I loved the dried cherries in this. It give a little tartness and sweetness but was more robust in flavor than dried cranberries. Raisins were never even a consideration, none of us like them. As for the nuts, I knew some of them had to go too. We love nuts and while they are a “healthy” fat, they still add to your own weight. So I took some of the nutes out and added that nutty flavor with Honey Nut Cheerios. They added great crunch and that nutty flavor I was looking for but with fewer calories and fat. With just a few other substitutions like apple sauce and I had a great granola. I hope you will give it a try. Stay tuned this summer for my Tropical Coconut Waffles.
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