Low Fat Cherry Cinnamon Granola

Granola doesn’t have to be loaded with fat. Cherry Cinnamon Granola is low fat but still has great flavor. Try it with some yogurt today or grab a handful for a snack.
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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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Yields Approx 4 cups

Low Fat Cherry Cinnamon Granola

5 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Honey Nut Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup Puffed Rice Cereal
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 cup mixed unsalted nuts
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. agave
  • 1/2 cup natural applesauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the cherries.
  4. Pour onto the baking sheet and even out.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. When done mix in the cherries. Store in an air-tight container
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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie


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Comments

  1. YUM! I love granola, but I generally avoid it because (like you said) something full of healthy ingredients somehow ends up not being healthy. Love your swap out for cheerios and adding applesauce! Gotta try this.
  2. Can I use honey instead of agave?
  3. Just pinned!!! Love it!!
  4. Great Breakfast! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!!!

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