This is claimed to be the best ever granola, rivaling "upscale granolas costing $7.00 - $10.00 per pound" (which are not gluten free). This one is gluten free. I'd have to vicariously agree with the claim, even though it is my brother's <grin>. The origin is a granola bar recipe that my brother modified from The New Best Recipes,Cook’s Illustrated, 2004, p 822. He reduced the amount of honey, and this made for a granola that is less like a candy bar and more like chunky granola cereal. More honey makes for larger chunks. My brother feels that the secret to success is that nuts and oats are individually toasted.
You can make the granola with individual types of fruit - raisins, dried blueberries, craisins - or you can purchase a non-fat dried fruit medley, such as the trail mix from Target or CVS. Granola can be very high in calories.
This version of granola was "slimmed down" from the original. Granola can be very high in calories, principally due to fat from the nuts and potentially fat from the toasting of oats with additional oil. This recipe omits added oil, and thus meets my preferred nutrition profile. Although the nutritional analysis is for 1 ounce, a three ounce serving makes a good breakfast with yogurt.
You can setup an account at www.nutritionaldata.com and then enter and save your own recipes. The website counts calories and other nutritional elements. I try not to use it much!! The website is a little quirky: to modify am existing recipe, bring up the saved recipe, click the create recipe button, name the new recipe (important) and then change the recipe and save it. You can either keep or delete the old recipe.
|Low fat version||Higher fat version||Ingredient|
|340 gm (about 4-1/3 Cups)||600 gm (7-1/2 cups)||Gluten Free Oats, such as Bob's Red Mill or Cream Hill Estates|
|85 gm (1/4 cup)||165 gm (1/2 cup)||Honey|
|7 gm (1 teaspoon)||13 gm (2 teaspoons)||Molasses|
|25 gm (about 1/4 cup)||50 gm (1/2 cup)||Raw almonds|
|25 gm (about 1/4 cup)||50 gm (1/2 cup)||Raw walnuts|
|25 gm (about 1/4 cup)||50 gm (1/2 cup)||Raw pea cans|
|6 gm (1/2 teaspoon)||12 gm (1 teaspoon)||Salt|
|0||109 gm (1/2 cup)||Canola oil|
|4 gm (1 teaspoon)||12 gm (1 tablespoon)||Pure vanilla extract (X2 for CVS imitation vanilla); You can add more.|
|55 gm (1/4 cup)||165 gm (3/4 cup)||Packed brown sugar|
|2 gm (1 teaspoon)||4 g (2 teaspoons)||Cinnamon (You can add more)|
|13 gm (about 1/3 Cup)||0||Sweetened dried cranberries (or just add 1 cup of non fat trail mix for all of the fruit)|
|110 gm (about 2/3 cup)||0||Raisins|