Okay folks, I have for you a crunchy granola base that is low in refined sugars and definitely a good way to use a healthy ingredient you may already have in your fridge – Greek plain nonfat Yogurt. The yogurt brands I enjoy (both for texture and taste, include Siggi’s Icelandic-style and Fage Strained. These are both thick, dense and definitely work well alone (great as a substitute for sour cream), in combos, and with some of my fav new recipes, including this one.
And BTW: If you are local to me (in the Los Angeles area), I have Siggi’s yogurt coupons — so you can try this great yogurt. : )
- 4 Tbsp Smart Balance, Light
- 1 Tbsp Greek yogurt, plain, nonfat (I preferred strained)
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar (or substitute using same amount of Honey)
- 1 pinch Sea Salt
- ½ tsp Vanilla extract, pure
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 2 cups Oats, raw
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Line a large brownie sheet with a Silpat or baking liner (even foil will work).
- Mix slightly melted Smart Balance with yogurt, honey, brown sugar(or stevia), sea salt, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Then add in oats and coat evenly.
- Spread out into prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes.
- Turn granola mixture to heat each side evenly and bake another 5- 10 minutes until golden.
- Turn off oven and leave to continue to baking to desired crispness.
Healthy Ways to Enjoy Granola
Enjoy with “milk”, alone as a crunchy snack or on top of your favorite dishes, such as this Spiced Apple Overnight Oatmeal – recipe compliments of Siggis. Or even for crunchy topping to your yogurt Parfaits, like this one below:
Q1: What are some of your favorite Granola flavors? (i.e.: Apple Cinnamon, Pistachio Cranberry, Coconut Almond…)
Q2:What nuts/seeds and/or dried fruits would you use to add some Pizzazz to your Granola base??