Granola is a whole grain food rich in minerals such as magnesium, copper, and phosphorous which our body needs to maintain good health.
There are many health benefits of granola such as promoting weight loss, reducing cholesterol, and preventing iron deficiency anemia. Cranberries help to reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol and also contributes to a healthy heart. Cranberry juice aides in treating urinary tract infections by reducing the amount of bacteria in the lining of the urinary tract.
Below is a low fat granola recipe you can make at home without the high fat content of granola cereals/bars:
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped candied ginger
Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup honey, 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon in a large bowl.
Fold in 2 1/2 cups rolled oats, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/4 cup chopped ginger.
Spread mixture evenly onto baking sheet and bake for approximately 25 minutes until the oats are toasted. After granola is cool store in well sealed container.
This recipe contains: 23 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat. The caloric content is low with about 130 calories per 1/4 cup.