Oh sweet granola – how I love you! I don’t know what it is about you? The crunch, the flavour or the nuts? Who knows? but I do love this calorific little snack at all times of the day. That being said, these little handfuls do add up and sometimes in the realm of 500 calories per serve – yikes!
Damn you sweet crunchiness! I thought long and hard about this sacrifice and I came to the conclusion – I’m not ready to give you up!
Being a total believer in BALANCE the best next thing I could do is go away and come up with a ‘healthier’ version of this delicious snack.
And here it is to share with you:
Healthy Low Calorie Granola
An easy, healthy and quick recipe for maple granola full of pecans, coconut & crunchy clusters! No oil or refined sugar - only 140cals per serve and only 8 ingredients.
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 60 ml pure maple syrup
- 60g puffed brown rice
- 150g old-fashioned oats
- A handful of crushed pecans
- A handful of coconut flakes
Preheat the oven to 160c and line a large tin with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until the egg whites are broken up and slightly bubbly.
Stir in the maple syrup. Pour in the puffed rice and oats, and gently stir with a spatula until both cereals are evenly coated. Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared pan. Bake for 10- 20 minutes checking to stop burning.
Gently stir and move the clusters around the pan to break up the granola and prevent the bits closest to the edge from burning.
Add pecans and or coconut flakes (or whatever you want to add)
Bake for an additional 5-9 minutes, or until the granola is golden and crunchy.
Cool the granola completely to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container.
Share with me your pictures of your health granola in the comments below or even better share them to me on Instagram @cyntra.in.the.city