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Low-Calorie Homemade Granola

Low-Calorie Homemade Granola is a tasty snack or breakfast granola lightened up with sugar-free maple syrup to reduce the calories, but not the flavor. Makes a perfect topping for my homemade yogurt.

skinny granola with  yogurt

While this granola is lower in calories than average, watch the portion size.  Leave out the coconut if you’re having a “fat day.”

If you don’t care about the calories so much, be sure to check out this recipe for Olive Oil Granola. It comes with a fabulous chocolate version.

ingredients for granola

My favorite way to enjoy this special treat is one tablespoon at a time in my daily jar of yogurt.

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Low-Calorie Homemade Granola

Low-Calorie Homemade Granola

Yield: 1 quart
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Homemade granola with reduced calories


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar free maple-like syrup (I like Cary's)
  • 3 tablespoons flavorless oil
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Spray a 13-by-9-inch pan with cooking spray or use a silicone baking mat.
  2. Mix oats, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt. Heat syrup, oil, and water in the microwave to a simmer. Drizzle over oat mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Working a handful at a time, squeeze cereal to form small clumps.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir in raisins, coconut and almonds. Continue to bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes longer.
  5. Let cool and store in air-tight container. Vacuum-packing in a quart jar is even better.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g

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Saturday 9th of June 2012

Thanks so much for sharing your recipies, hope you publish more healthy ones! God bless you!


Monday 5th of September 2011

I did not have any wheat germ so I substituted unprocesed wheat bran (millers bran) instead. Turned out great! Thank you for all your great recipe ideas on here, Paula!


Monday 5th of September 2011

You're welcome Margaret. Thanks for stopping by. Paula


Sunday 2nd of August 2009

shoot! i forgot to bring you the wooden bowls! the pictures you took look great, though. you are very creative!