Almond Granola

almond granola

Granola is one of those foods which has a ‘health halo’ but is often packed with sugar and fat, making it far from an ideal breakfast. I love granola but I hate that a teeny tiny bowl of it results in eating hundreds of calories which don’t fill you up.

So I decided to make my own granola with the following criteria in mind:

  • low in sugar
  • low in saturated fat (like butter)
  • packed with filling protein and fibre
  • and of course tasty!
I’m happy to say that this almond granola fits the bill! Using almond butter instead of butter or oil increased the fibre and protein while adding lots of taste and wonderful texture. I also used NuNaturals vanilla liquid stevia to give plenty of sweetness without all the downsides of sugar. (Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win NuNaturals goodies, including the vanilla stevia I used in this recipe)

Almond Granola

Makes 12 servings. Preparation time under 10 minutes plus 20-25 minutes baking.

Ingredients:

  • Two and a half cups of rolled oats (not instant)
  • Half a cup of ground flaxseed
  • One tablespoon of cinnamon
  • One cup of almonds, toasted (toast on a baking tray for 20 minutes)
  • Half a cup of golden syrup (or maple)
  • Half a cup of almond butter
  • One tablespoon of NuNaturals vanilla liquid stevia
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (it will obviously already be hot if you’ve just toasted your almonds).
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl – oats, flax, cinnamon and toasted almonds.
  3. Put the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and place over a medium heat – golden syrup, almond butter and vanilla liquid stevia.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients over the heat until they are soft and thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until everything is thoroughly coated.
  6. Place on a baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes (until browned and crispy), stirring at least twice during the baking.
  7. Allow to cool on the baking tray then transfer to an airtight container.
This granola is delicious with milk or yoghurt, or you simply enjoy eating it by the handful like I do! It will keep for about a week in an airtight container (if it lasts that long).
Have you ever made granola? Do you see it as a treat? What’s your favourite nut?

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4 Responses (+add yours?)

  1. Shannon @ Healthiful Balance
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 10:14:19

    This is a great recipe! I love adding granola to my yogurt for some crunch :)

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    • somethingtochewover
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 10:15:59

      Yum, me too!

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  2. Tessa @ Amazing Asset
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 10:19:37

    Oo yes please to this! I love how much healthier it is… some of the granolas out there have terrible nutrition facts- 200 calories/10 grams of fat for 1/3 cup?! I don’t think so. Your version is much better :)

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  3. Michelle Hunt (PeachyPalate)
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 03:13:38

    Favourite nut of the moment has to be pistachios but I’m a big nut fan, can’t get enough of them! :)
    That granola looks good! I love granola served in a tall glass layered with fruit and yoghurt. Perfect breakfast, an everyday treat!

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