Homemade granola is such a great option when compared to store-bought versions—it is cheaper, tastes better and most importantly can be easily modified to suit your personal tastes and dietary needs. And this simple, naturally sweetened Blueberry Pecan Granola is no exception.
It makes a great snack, plain or with a little plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and travels well in lunch boxes.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Homemade Granola?
According to my calculations, each serving has about 160 calories.
How to Make Blueberry Pecan Granola Step-by-Step
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat oven to 300F degrees.
Step 2: Whisk together the oats, pecans, flax meal and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl until combined.
Step 3: Whisk the apple juice, brown rice syrup, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl.
Step 4: Pour the wet mixture over the dry oat mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
Step 5: Dump the oats into the prepared sheet pan and spread out in an even layer.
Step 6: Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the oats turn golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire rack.
Step 7: Mix in blueberries and transfer cooled granola to an airtight container and store at room temperature.
Brown rice syrup is available in most well-stocked grocery stores or many health food stores and Asian markets. If you cannot find it, you can try substituting an equal amount of agave nectar, pure maple syrup, honey or molasses.
What is brown rice syrup?
Brown rice syrup is a popular plant-based sweetener and alternative to refined sugar. It is made by steeping brown rice with natural enzymes, which break down the starches into sugars which are further reduced down into the lightly sweetened light brown syrup. Brown rice syrup has a smooth texture with a mild, buttery, almost honey-like flavor.
Not a fan of pecans? Substitute and equal amount of your favorite chopped nuts—almonds, walnuts, cashews and macadamia nuts would all work well.
Swap out your favorite dried fruit for the blueberries. I think dried cherries, cranberries, or chopped apricots would taste great.
For most accurate Points, be sure to run through WW Recipe Builder when making any ingredient substitutions.
Ways to Use Leftovers
Store leftover granola at room temperature in an airtight container.
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Blueberry Pecan Granola
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4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Recipe source: 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness by Camilla V. Saulsbury
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