How to Build a Healthier Granola

Take granola back to its healthy roots with several tweaks that will lighten up this breakfast staple.

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Healthy Granola

Granola was originally intended as an easy way to sneak more whole grains into the American diet. Today most modern granola isn’t as healthy as you think. Somehow it crossed over into candy bar land with increased refined sugars, unhealthy fats and pieces even dipped in chocolate. But it doesn't have to be that way — you can give your homemade granola a makeover. Store your granola at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Granola

Choose Your Sugar Wisely

Use a combination of equal parts light brown sugar and pure maple syrup for just a touch of sweetness (only 8 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup). 

Use Heart-Healthy Fats

Extra virgin olive oil is a great alternative to saturated fats like butter. It’s high in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats and adds a wonderful flavor.

Double Down on Whole Grains

Pair rolled oats with puffed millet for an extra dose of whole grains.

Add Nuts and Seeds

Making healthy granola isn’t just about subtraction. Almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds add extra crunch, flavor and fiber (4 grams per 1/2 cup).

Cook It Low and Slow

Bake granola at 325 degrees F for about 40 minutes, making it extra toasty and crunchy.