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Honey Almond Granola

I adore granola – nutty, crunchy, sweet, and salty – what’s not to like? Except I find that most homemade and store bought granola is packed with calories, fat, and sugar. Not the best combination since most of us reach for granola as a “healthier” choice. So for the past few weeks, I have been working on creating my own homemade granola that cuts back on some of the sugar, fat, and calories. This has around 1/3 less calories than traditional granola and can be customized any way you like. Personally I like to add flax, chia, and almonds to pack in the protein and fiber; but any nuts or seeds will work. I also purposefully leave out the dried fruit (packed with calories and sugar) and opt for adding fresh fruit instead.

Honey Almond Granola
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Nutritional Info: 200 calories, 7.9g of fat, 26.8g carbohydrates, 5.3g dietary fiber, 5.7g of protein, 12.1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp. butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract (or vanilla)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Lay the oats out on the baking sheet and toast for 8-10 minutes, shaking occasionally. You can skip this step but I love the flavor the toasted oats add to the granola. If you using raw almonds, toast them as well.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter/coconut oil and stir in the honey. Add the almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and mix well.
  4. Add the toasted oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, and almonds to the honey mixture. Mix until everything is coasted.
  5. Spread into a thin layer on the baking sheet. Cook for 20-30 minutes until beginning to brown. (I like mine “almost burnt” so I cook it closer to 35 minutes.) Take out and let cool. It will crisp up while cooling. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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2 Response to Honey Almond Granola

  1. Lei on January 15, 2014

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I was curious. Can you substitute ground flaxseed for the whole flax seeds in the recipe. If so, would you still use 1/4 cup or less? Thanks!

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    • Kristen on January 15, 2014

      That should work fine although I haven’t personally tried it. I would cut it back to 3 tbsp. since it is ground. Hope you enjoy it!

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