Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Granola (Lower Fat Version)

The low cholesterol diet handout from our doctor lists granola as one of the foods to be avoided because of its fat content. This recipe from, gives a variation that without the coconut and butter* is certainly lower in fat than the commercial versions. 

In a large oven proof skillet or 9"x13" baking pan, melt 1/4 cup butter (or substitute 1/4 corn oil), then stir in 1/4 cup honey. Add 3 cups rolled oats, 1 cup shredded or flaked coconut, 1 cup sunflower seeds and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss together with the honey and butter mixture and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, stirring several times during the baking period. Then stir in 1/2 cup wheat germ and bake an additional 10 minutes or until the mixture is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and stir in 2/3 cup raisins. Let the granola cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.

*If you're on a strict low cholesterol diet, be sure to use corn oil instead of butter and leave out the coconut.

For another granola recipe, click here.

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