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In an attempt to make my granola a little less calorically dense I decreased the oil and maple syrup.  I also decreased the dried fruit and nuts by just a little.  I was a little worried that the texture would be compromised with less oil, but it wasn’t. I couldn’t even tell the difference! It was slightly less sweet, but that’s it, still super yummy!  Here is the lighter version of my previous granola recipe.

3 cups oats

3/4 cup nuts

1/2 cup dried fruit

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

2 Tbsp canola oil

4 Tbsp maple syrup

Pre heat oven to 325F.  Mix it all together and spread it out on a baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden.

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Granola typically wears a healthy halo.  What I mean by this is that granola is one of those foods that people think is really healthy, but it’s usually not. If you look at the ingredients in most granola you find in the store, what do you get? Tons of sugar, and lots of oil. Most granola is like fried oats, and is freakishly sweet. Of course there are some exceptions. Those exceptions tend to be ridiculously expensive. I like to make my own. That way I control what goes in. If you make your own you can put whatever you want in it. I like mine simple, but I usually end up putting whatever I have on hand in it. This time it’s Almond, Walnut, Raisin, Cherry Granola.

3 cut oats (I like the thick cut kind)

1 cup nuts (I used almonds and walnuts)

about 1 cup dried fruit (this time I used raisins and dried cherries)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup canola oil

5 Tbsp maple syrup

Pre heat oven to 325F.  Mix it all together and spread it out on a baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden.

Cool completely before putting in an air tight container.

Simple, easy and Yum!

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