I love a little granola in the morning. It naturally sweetens my bowl of Greek yogurt, a breakfast staple loaded with protein but a bit on the sour side. Problem is, my favorite granola is packed with calories and fat. I decided to create my own recipe using a bunch of spices to add flavor without calories while omitting the oil which adds fat. I added warming spices, many of which can be found in chai tea: cinnamon (a granola must in my opinion), nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves. My kitchen smelled divine as the granola baked, and I definitely cut a significant number of calories of the total calorie tally, as well as halving the grams of fat.
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Adapted from Everybody Likes Sandwiches Ingredients 3 cups organic oats (not instant) Directions Makes 8 half cup servings.
Low Calorie Chai Spiced Granola
1/4 cup uncooked millet
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/8 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup diced dried sour cherries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup orange juice
The Mister wanted me to name the homemade cereal Goa Granola, in honor of the cardamom. Cute, no? Make it and let me know if you come up with a catchy name. If you have a tasty, cleaned-up recipe be sure to add it to our Healthy Recipe Group.
Adapted from Everybody Likes Sandwiches
3 cups organic oats (not instant)
Makes 8 half cup servings.