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      Homemade Low-Fat Granola, 1/24/13

      Ashley AndersonMidwest Dairy

      For the granola:4 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked{}1/3 cup sliced almonds2 teaspoons cinnamon1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)1/4 cup maple syrup1/4 cup apple juice1 tablespoon vegetable oil1/2 cup raisins

      Serve with:1 cup fat-free milk, per servingfresh berries (optional)

      Preparation

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

      Stir together oatmeal, almonds, cinnamon and salt, if desired, in a large bowl.{} In a separate bowl, whisk maple syrup, apple juice and vegetable oil; pour over oatmeal mixture and stir to coat thoroughly.

      Spread mixture in an even layer onto a 15x12-inch baking pan.{} Bake for 25 minutes, stirring twice during baking time.

      Cool mixture in the pan before adding raisins.{} Store granola in an airtight container.{} To serve:{} Pour 1 cup milk over a heaping 1/2 cup of granola.{} Top with fresh berries, if desired.{}

      Substitution Idea

      Instead of milk, top one cup of fat-free yogurt with the granola.

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