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Recipe Detail

Low-sugar Granola

By Lynn Grieger, RD, CDE, CPT for Summit Medical Group

Reviewed by Susan C. Canonico, RD

Try this low-sugar granola as a nutritious start to your day or enjoy it plain as a healthy afternoon snack!


  • 6 cups of old fashioned or rolled oats
  • 1 cup of slivered almonds, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, or a mixture of the nuts
  • 1/2 cup of shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a separate mixing bowl.
  4. Thoroughly mix wet and dry ingredients together.
  5. Spray a baking sheets with cooking spray.
  6. Spread granola mixture on the sheets at a thickness of 1/2 inch.
  7. Bake the granola for 20 to 30 minutes, tossing it every 10 minutes so that it browns evenly.
  8. Once it is dry, remove the granola from the oven and let it cool.
  9. Store it in a sealed container.
Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 0.5g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 0g 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%
Iron 10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


You may top this healthy granola with fresh fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and banana slices for added flavor. It is delicious plain as a snack without milk or as breakfast served with 1/2 cup of skim milk. If you are counting calories, be sure to add in extra calories for fruit.