Crunchy Granola Recipe

Simple ingredients you’re likely to have on hand

Everyone loves granola. It is so sweet and crunchy. Sadly it’s also quite fattening. Granola is not a low-calorie food. After trying a slew of granola recipes, we settled on this one for its simple ingredients, nutty and sweet crunchiness, and because it is relatively (when compared to other granola recipes) lower in fat and calories.

2 cups (7oz) old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup (2 oz) wheat germ
2 Tbl dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup (2.75 oz) maple syrup
3 Tbl flavorless oil, such as vegetable or canola
1 Tbl water
1/4 cup (1 oz) slivered almonds
1/4 cup (1.25 oz) sunflower seeds
2 Tbl sesame seeds
6 Tbl (1.875 oz) currants


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat oven to 275° F.
  2. Coat a 9”x13” metal pan with cooking spray, then set aside.
  3. Mix 7 oz oats, 2oz wheat germ, 2 Tbl brown sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1oz almonds, 1/4 cup sunflower and 2 Tbl sesame seeds in a bowl.
  4. Bring 1/4 cup syrup, 3 Tbl oil and 1 Tbl water to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat.
  5. Drizzle over oat mixture, and stir to combine.
  6. Pour mixture onto prepared pan.
  7. Working a handful at a time, squeeze cereal to form small clumps.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Stir in dried fruit. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 min longer.
  10. Let cool.

Makes 1 quart
Approx. 36 calories per tablespoon/5 calories per gram of crunchy granola

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