Light Three-Grain Granola

Despite its “healthy” reputation, granola – especially the commercial variety – is often alarmingly high in fat and calories. This homemade version, which relies on naturally low-calorie sweeteners, is considerably better for you.

Time:Prep. 10 min.; Baking 30 min.
Makes:4 servings
Per serving:
Calories:250
Fat:1.5 g. (5% of calories)
Fiber:3.5 g.
Cholesterol:2 mg.
Sodium:218 mg.

Light Three-Grain Granola

2 cups puffed rice
1 1/3 cups bran flakes
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup raisins
2 tbsp toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 tbsp honey

In a medium bowl, combine the puffed rice, bran flakes, oats, raisins and wheat germ.

In a small bowl, stir together the apple juice and honey. Pour over the puffed rice mixture and toss until moistened.

Spray a 15″ X 10″ baking pan with no-stick spray. Spread the puffed rice mixture in the pan. Bake at 300 degrees F about 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring twice during baking.

Transfer the granola to a large piece of foil. Let the mixture cool, then break it into pieces.

To store: Transfer the granola to a container. Cover loosely and store at room temperature until ready to serve. (Do not cover tightly because the cereal will not stay crisp.)

To serve: For each serving, place 3/4 cup granola in a cereal bowl and add 1Ú2 cup skim milk.

Chef’s note: If you want to splurge a little, stir 1/4 cup flaked coconut into the cereal mixture before baking. You’ll get an extra 35 calories and 2.4 grams of fat in each serving.

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