Don’t get me wrong, I love granola. I love that it’s mostly whole grains and that the flavor possibilities are endless. My favorite brands so far have been Nuts About Granola (Warrior Crunch) and Love Grown (Sweet Cranberry Pecan), but neither one is sold locally.
I liked my last pumpkin granola, but I wanted something with more crunch and a more savory, spiced flavor.
And being me, I wanted it to be lower calorie. Many commercially prepared granolas have a ton of added sugar and fat. Oats are very calorically dense – so I made the base of my granola from an equal combination of oats, puffed millet, and puffed brown rice.
The sweetener I used was brown rice syrup (my first time experimenting with it), which also acted as a binder with the sunflower seed butter (a natural fat source).
Low Fat Pumpkin Spice Granola
1 cup puffed millet (or another unsweetened cereal of your choice)
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup puffed brown rice (Rice Krispies would do just fine)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup slivered raw almonds
1.5 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (more or less according to your preference – I used a mixture of 1/2 tsp ginger, 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and a pinch of ground cloves )
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup sunflower seed butter, warmed in microwave
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients until well mixed.
2) Mix syrup, sunflower seed butter, and vanilla.
3) Add syrup mixture to dry ingredients, stirring to distribute evenly.
4) Spread mixture on to baking sheet in an even layer (I sprayed my palms with Pam to keep it from sticking to my hands as I pressed it down).
5) Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes (I used the convection setting and mine was a little over cooked after 25 minutes). Granola is done when nuts begin to look toasted.
6) Cool on baking sheet for 20 minutes, then break in to desired size chunks and cool completely.
This is a very crunchy granola – not chewy. Exactly what I was hoping for. Most granolas are between 120-150 calories per quarter cup serving, but this one has 100 calories. For a food to legally be called “low fat”, it must have 3 grams or less per serving – this granola makes the cut!
Approximate nutrition: (per 1/4 cup) 100 calories, 3g fat, 17g carbs, 2.5 g protein
Of course you can change the add-ins – next time I want to try it with some protein powder to increase the protein content.
What’s your favorite granola flavor? Do you make your own granola or buy it at the grocery store?