Simple gluten free low fat granola sweetened with pear and spiced so delicately with cinnamon. I love this low fat granola because it's gluten free, low fat, full of protein, naturally sweetened and has heart healthy omegas 3 & 6. The best part is how easy this low fat granola is to make!
I've been trying to be more intentional with my snacks, looking for a snack that is low in sugar, low in unnecessary fats, and it usually needs to have something crunchy! Greek yogurt, although amazing and packed with protein, is just not satisfying when you are craving a crunch! This low fat granola is my solution to this predicament! I can easily tame my sweet tooth and crunchy cravings all while still eating filling protein packed yogurt.
Pear sweetened low fat granola is shelf stable and if your house is anything like mine, you will see it disappear before you have to worry about it going bad! I'm a notorious snacker. I had to stop buying cereal and packaged granola because I found myself mindlessly eating it by the handful, since it was so convenient. Those calories add up! I also found that since I was always snacking, I was never hungry for a full meal when lunch or dinner time came by. That just starts the vicious snacking cycle again. Needless to say, I've tried to improve my snacking game by being meaningful about my snacks. I bring yogurt, almonds, homemade trail mix and homemade granola!
I love homemade granola because I can control the ingredients and the added sugar! I can also control how much granola I make. While this recipe makes a substantial amount of granola, it is in no way an endless bag, which is how I feel when I have a bag of cereal around. Peer sweetened low fat granola is sweetened naturally with pear and stevia. Stevia is my sweetener of choice, but you could also use coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup here. You would want to use 3-4 tablespoons if you decide to use these options.
Pears are one of my favorite winter fruits! Did you know that pears won't ripen on trees? The best place to have them ripen is on your counter, in a sunny spot. When shopping for pears in the grocery store, make sure that pears aren't bruised, and handle your pears with care, as they bruise easily!
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Pears are full of fiber, which can help you feel full longer. They are also naturally sweet, which makes them the perfect sweetener for pear granola! Pears are low on the glycemic index as well, so they will not spike insulin in the body.
According to the USDA one medium pear provides 12% of daily vitamin C needs, 10% of vitamin K, 6% of potassium and minimal amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, vitamin B-6 and folate.
Pears also contain high levels of flavonols which are antioxidants. Antioxidants can help fight inflammation and neutralize free radicals in the body. The more antioxidants the better if you ask me!
Besides using pears in this low fat granola, they are also great in a tart! Check out this caramelized pear tart for more pear recipes!
Low Fat Granola Recipe Tips
To make this pear granola, you will need a cookie sheet with sides. Parachement paper also allows for easy clean up and makes funneling the pear granola into airtight containers easier.
I love using glass containers to store my granola in. They are great for the environment and easy to open and close. I use the containers to store just about everything (granola, homemade cinnamon raisin peanut butter, vegan granola). I highly suggest them and would be lost in the kitchen without them!
I use sweet leaf stevia packets, I have found that there are little chemical fillers in this stevia, which I appreciate. I love the it's premeasured for days when I'm running around like a crazy person in the kitchen. Anyone else feel like this sometimes?
You can use puffed rice you can get in just about any specialty store or Whole Foods. I use Arrowhead Mills, and order 2-3 bags at a time from Amazon when I order protein powder or other grocery items. It's great for granola recipes, as it's got lots of density with few calories (a cup is only 60 calories).
Hemp hearts are the perfect way to add protein to granola!
- Preheat oven 350.
- Using a very ripe pear, peel and mash pear finely, To do this, I just finely chopped a pear with a knife. You could also place in the blender or food processor.
- Add the pear to small bowl. Add egg white, cinnamon, and 3 packs of stevia.
- In a large bowl, add puffed rice, oats, chia seeds and hemp hearts. Stir to combine.
- Line a cookie sheet (that has sides) with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until all the dry ingredients are thoroughly coated.
- Spread out the granola mixture onto the cookie sheet. Distribute the granola evenly, making sure that there are no large piles on the sheet.
- Place in the oven for a total cooking time of 25-30 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, take granola out and stir. Place granola back in oven.
- Bake for an 10 minutes, take out of the oven, add last packet of steiva and stir again,
- Bake 5-10 more minutes. Stay close by so granola doesn't burn.
- Take out of the oven and allow to cool completely (about an hour) before placing in an airtight container for up to a week on the shelf
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What about you?
- Do you have to have a crunch in your snack food?
- What is your favorite granola flavor?
- Do you like to have nuts and fruit in your granola or just the grains?
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