Is granola good for weight loss? Start your day with this healthy baked granola recipe

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Martha M. Henze
Martha M. Henze, MPH, MS, RDN - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Global Public Health Epidemiologist

Granola tastes so good, but all those calories can be hard for weight loss. One cup of store-bought granola adds up to 500 calories easily. On a 1500-calorie diet, you're a third of the way there already! Learn simple ways to make your homemade granola calories more friendly.

Is granola good for weight loss

Is granola a good thing to add to your weight-loss calorie plan? Here's how you can make the switch to a healthier granola habit

Often touted as health food, many packaged granolas contain so much fat, sugar, and calories that you might as well eat a candy bar. On the other hand, when enjoyed in moderation, healthy homemade granola is an excellent source of fiber, iron, healthy fat, and protein.

How to keep your homemade granola calories down and nutrient content up

Your house will smell amazing while your fresh granola bakes and you can control your homemade granola calories, fat, and sugar content by choosing healthy ingredients.

Good-for-You Granola (Premium recipe)

As a rule of thumb, remember the ratio of 6 to one. In making homemade granola, use 6 cups of dry ingredients, such as oatmeal, nuts, and dried fruit to one cup of wet ingredients, such as oil and honey. This recipe is flexible and easy to modify based on your taste preferences. This is one of over 700 dietitian-approved recipes available with the MyNetDiary Premium membership. To add this recipe to your food diary, type in "Good for You Granola." It is already entered and analyzed for you.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 45 minutes

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. Add oil and honey and mix well.
  4. Spread mixture in an even layer on two sheet cake pans or jelly roll pans (16" x 24" x 3").
  5. Bake for 45-60 minutes until lightly browned. After first 30 minutes, stir granola and switch pans in oven.
  6. When cool, stir in the raisins.
  7. Store in airtight containers.

Nutrition information:
1/2 cup = 278 calories, 14g fat, 34g carbs (5g fiber), 6g protein
1/4 cup = 139 calories, 7g fat, 17g carbs (2.5g fiber), 3g protein

Note: If you are trying to gain weight, choose a generous portion of granola filled with nutritious ingredients rather than soda, chips, or candy.

Tips to help granola work for your weight-loss plan

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Reviewed and updated by Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES on October 26, 2022.

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