I really wanted granola today. Like I was in dire need of granola. You know what I mean - you have a hankering for a specific food and you MUST HAVE IT NOW. So that's granola and my relationship today. Couldn't resist those crunchy bits. So I'm at Whole Foods, in the granola aisle (because they basically have an entire aisle dedicated to granola, which I find just a little bizarre) and staring at these like 1 lb. bags of granola for minimum $5, mostly $7 or $8. Ummm, no! I can't honestly spend $7 bucks on a bag of oats and some sugar that I can buy for less than a $1 a pound in the bulk aisle.
I scoffed and stammered at those damn bags of granola for a good five minutes and decided to make it myself. And then I picked up all my favorite flavors of granola off the shelf and read the ingredients on the back so I could copy them easily. Me =Thinker. Truly. :)
Bought some oats for 89 cents/lb. (hello, easy seller there!), some pecans and some cacao nibs. The rest I had at home. Now what also prevented me from buying those expensive bagged granolas are the calories. There is so much sugar and fat in them! There had to be a better way for me to make my own less fatty. Hello, internet: you are always so useful.
A little searching, scouring and "inspiration" from others recipes, I found a lower fat granola that had all the qualities I was looking for. Best part? Less sugar and fat by using fruit juice. I used pineapple juice because somehow I actually had some in my refrigerator (rare case, people, let me tell you!). Done.
Recipe after the jump.
Low Fat Pineapple Cranberry Granola
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Adjust your oven racks to be in the middle of the oven and as close together as your baking pan height allows (generally, one rung). Prepare 2 baking sheets by covering them in tin foil and spraying lightly with oil.