Granola is one of the easiest things to bake, and it tastes so much better when it’s homemade. Not to mention, you can bake a big batch that’s much cheaper than store-bought and free of additives. I usually stick with my Basic Dairy-Free Granola Recipe, but this low-fat honey granola recipe was shared with us many years ago as a great oil-free option. Today, we’re giving it an updated.
This healthy recipe uses water instead of egg, butter, or other added fats, which lends a softer, toasted texture rather than a super-crisp bite. As is, the recipe is pretty darn allergy-friendly, but we’ve included tips to make it vegan and gluten-free, and it is easily nut-free. Skipping the nuts also makes it darn close to fat-free, if you’re looking for an even lighter granola.
Special Diet Notes: Low-Fat Honey Granola
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.
- 2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten free, if needed)
- 1 cup oat bran (certified gluten free, if needed)
- 1 cup wheat flakes (can sub more rolled oats for gluten free)
- ½ cup wheat germ or ground flaxseed (for gluten free)
- ½ cup sliced or chopped almonds (sub sunflower seeds or more oats for nut-free)
- ⅓ cup raisins
- ⅓ cup chopped dried apple or prune
- ⅓ cup honey (sub agave nectar or maple syrup for strictly vegan)
- ⅓ cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 300ºF and line a 13x9-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, oat bran, wheat flakes, wheat germ or flaxseed, almonds, raisins, and chopped dried fruit.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, water, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to thoroughly combine.
- Spread the granola out in your prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally
Key Pantry Supplies: Low-Fat Honey Granola