Here's a fabulous low fat granola recipe with juicy dried cherries and crunchy oats and almonds. This is a particularly tasty combination but you can substitute other nuts and fruit if you like.
Hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans are other nuts I love in granola. Good fruit choices include chopped dried apricots or dates.
It's surprisingly easy to cut the fat in your granola. Here are a few tips that help to make this recipe a winner.
If you want to use other whole nuts (e.g. hazelnuts), chop them roughly. The easiest way to do this is to put them in a Ziploc bag and bash lightly with a rolling pin.
4 cups/320g of rolled oats
2 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey
2 tablespoon of canola oil or sunflower oil
2 tablespoons of water
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
1 cup/75g of sliced or flaked almonds
2/3 cup/80g of dried cherries
1. Preheat the oven to 140C/275F.
2. Mix the oil, honey or maple syrup, vanilla extract and water together in a large bowl.
3. Stir in the oats. If you don't mind things getting a little messy, use your hands to really mix it well.
4. Spread the mixture out on a large baking pan and place in the oven for about 30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes so that it cooks evenly.
5. After 30 minutes, stir in the almonds and cook for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir in the cherries while the granola is still warm and allow to cool. You can add the cherries when you add the almonds if you prefer but I personally don't like to cook them at all.