I eat a scoop of this granola every morning. It’s become a kind of ritual in the morning for me- saunter downstairs, turn on the coffee… immediately devour a bowl full of granola and greek yogurt. It’s the nutritionist in me coming out.
I heart fiber.
It’s weird, I know.
Either way, I tailored this granola recipe to use my favorite fiber cereal: Fiber One. I can’t say enough about this cereal. In just half a cup it meets over half your fiber needs for one day. Plus it’s low cal! Some serious numbers. Plus, it doesn’t taste as though you are eating hay, like the All Bran fiber sticks. Grossssss.
This granola recipe also features a lot of healthful fats.
Let me break it down for you:
wheat germ- folic acid, vit E
canola oil- omega’s
AND each item is an all natural source and is plentiful in antioxidants as well.
I forgot to mention… it’s also sooo super, yummy.
DISCLAIMER: the texture is not what you would get from a store bought granola so don’t be expecting that when you make it. It’s crunchy and sweet, and largely clumpy. It’s different than most granola’s, but it’s very, very good.
Let’s do the step by step, shall we?
Before anything else, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Parchment. Not aluminum foil(which sticks).
Take a very large bowl and mix together the fiber one cereal, oatmeal, flax seed, oat bran, wheat germ, and nuts.
On the stovetop, in a small saucepan, heat the honey, oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt together.
Bring it to a boil a whisk for a minute or so to make sure that everything is dissolved.
Take it off the heat and add the vanilla extract.
Pour the syrup mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and thoroughly mix together until everything is moistened.
Spread across both sheet pans and bake for 18-20 minutes or until slightly toasted.
Halfway through take out the pans and toss the granola around.
Spread it back out and return to the oven.
When the granola is finished in the oven it is SUPER important to let it cool completely so that it hardens.
If you break it apart when it’s warm, it will be kind of soft and pliable.
Not what you want from your granola.
That’s all there is to it! A very easy task for a wonderfully health snack.
(doesn’t hurt that it tastes great too : D )
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 2 cups fiber one bran sticks
- ¾ cup wheat germ
- ¾ cup oat bran
- 1½ cups chopped nuts
- ½ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tb honey
- 2 Tb REAL maple syrup
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two sheet pans with parchment, NOT tin foil.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, fiber cereal, flax seed, wheat germ, oat bran, and nuts. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, heated over medium, bring to a boil the oil, honey, syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Boil for a minute or so, whisking together until dissolved. Take off the heat and add in the vanilla extract.
- Pour syrup over oat mixture. Mix thoroughly until completely moistened. Spread across both sheet pans. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until slightly toasted and fragrant. Halfway through baking, toss the mixture and rotate the pans. Let cool completely before breaking into pieces.