Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sugar and Oil Free Granola

Granola is often considered a quintessentially healthy food - and there are so many varieties on supermarket shelves! I like putting granola in things (oatmeal, yogurt, etc.) for a little extra texture and crunch, and often toss in some fruits to add some sweetness. Unfortunately, most of the store-bought granola is loaded with excess sugar (often using refined sugar), and typically uses some oil for baking. I have experimented using egg whites in other crispy foods (such as these baked fries), and decided try a similar substitution for this granola challenge :-)
The ingredients for this healthy granola are completely customizable. Any seeds, nuts of your choice can be used - but try to keep the total dry ingredient volume about the same so that everything can be coated well with the egg whites. You can change up the spices as well. I’m excited to try out different flavor combinations with this recipe! But for now, here’s a basic recipe that makes delicious granola that is a perfect addition to oatmeal, parfaits, or as a snack by itself.

1 cups old fashioned oats
⅓ cup roughly chopped cashews
⅓ cup roughly chopped walnuts
⅓ cup roughly chopped pecans
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp bee pollen
½ tsp nutmeg powder
½ tsp cinnamon powder
2 egg whites
Preheat oven to 225°F.
Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form (2-3 min with electric whisk).


Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Gently fold the egg whites into the dry mixture until the dry ingredients are completely coated.


Spread the granola mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for an hour, tossing the mixture around every 15-20 minutes for even baking.


Let it cool completely before storing in air-tight container at room temperature.

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