GranolaDo you think that any recipe made with granola must be a healthy granola recipe? Think twice: Some brands of granola have as many as 28 grams of fat in one cup! That’s like adding 2 big slices of butter to your plate!

At Olivera Weight Management, we help you lose weight and be healthy. And even though granola is a healthy food, it may not be the best choice if you are trying to lose weight. So we want to recommend a healthy granola recipe that is both tasty, and will not put too much pressure on your waistline.

But first, when you’re shopping, always check the label on the granola package for fat and calories. It’s important to understand the nutritional quality of what you are choosing to eat. For those of us watching our weight, pay particular attention to quantities of sugar and fat.

There are several good tasting granolas, with low-fat content. And if you don’t like the taste of the first one you choose, try another one next time. Here are some of the brands I like:

  • Cascadian farms Cinnamon Raisin Granola
  • Back to Nature Classic Granola
  • Kellogg Low-fat Original Granola

AND… if you‘re feeling a little adventurous in the kitchen, try making your own, with this healthy granola recipe from Skinny Taste!

Skinny Pumpkin Granola

Servings: 11 • Serving Size: 1/3 cup

Calories: 133 • Fat: 4.5 g • Carbs: 21.5 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 8 g

Sodium: 10 (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and pat dry with paper towel
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats*
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (or other seed)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp oil (coconut or canola)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher salt

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325.  Spread oats and quinoa out on a parchment lined baking pan. Toast in the oven 10 minutes, stirring once. Remove the oats from the oven, pour the toasted oats into a medium bowl and add the ground flaxseeds, pepitas, pecans and dried fruit.

Reduce oven heat to 300.

In a second medium bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin puree, oil, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Pour over oats and stir together with a spatula. Spread back onto a baking sheet and bake an additional 20 minutes, or until golden.

Makes 3 -2/3 cups

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Try this healthy granola recipe, and let us know how you like it.

Our staff at Olivera would love your feedback.

Enjoy!

Paula C, ANP-BC