A Homemade Cinnamon Granola Recipe With Pecans and Dark Chocolate Chips

I found a recipe for some cinnamon granola that sounded just wonderful; only problem was that when I went to create a recipe for it in my Weight Watcher's app it was really high in points.  So as I was constructing it I began making more and more changes-- in the end I did end up with a cinnamon-y, low-point granola (4 points per 1/4 cup serving). 

 I use my 1/4 cup of granola each day as a topping for my fresh fruit and non-fat Greek yogurt bowls.  This granola was more chewy than crunchy like I'm used to but I ended up really liking the texture and it has a lot of flavor too. 



Want to make some yourself? It's easy!

Ingredients:

Dry

6 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup unsalted pecans

1 cup sweetened coconut (I could NOT find unsweetened coconut anywhere in our grocery store!)

1/2 brown sugar; unpacked

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

6 Tablespoons dark chocolate morsels (though any flavor you prefer is fine!)

Wet

1/2 cup lite maple syrup

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon maple extract

2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients (if you want crunchy chunks of chocolate don't add the morsels in; I chose to add them in the first step and let them melt through the granola but they'd be delicious as an unexpected added crunch too!).


In a small bowl whisk all the wet ingredients together.


Pour the wet over the dry and mix well.  At first it might not seem like you have enough wet to moisten everything in the bowl but I promise you do; you just have to mix it a bit.


Once everything looks a bit "wet" spread the mixture out on a rimmed cookie sheet (I used parchment paper to make clean up a bit easier. 


Bake for 25-20 minutes stirring at the 15 minute mark.  




I know it doesn't show well in the photos but you'll see the oats turn a nice light brown color and everything will start to look a bit toasted.  You're just trying to cook out the moisture.  Once the granola is done you want to let it cool on the cookie sheet.  If you didn't want your chips melted throughout the granola you'd want to sprinkle them on once the granola is cooled. 



I store my granola in a gallon sized freezer bag in our pantry though a quick Google search did say you might want to store it in the fridge if it's warm in the house to keep the chocolate chips from melting and being soft. 



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Comments

  1. Yumm! Looks so healthy and delish!

    Hugs and blessings, Joanne!

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    1. It is so good! And fairly healthy, I think.

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    1. I think so. My family won't eat it since I'm the only one that eats coconut.

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  3. Yum that looks so good! I haven't made granola in ages. There was a while when I was making it every couple of weeks. I like that your recipe is low in WW points.
    Ruth@playworkeatrepeat

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    1. I hadn't made granola in a long time either before whipping this up.

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  4. This looks delicious. Cinnamon and dark chocolate are two of my favorite things!

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  5. I really like granola and that is cool you can make your own!

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    1. Thanks! It's pretty quick and easy to do too.

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  6. I love granola! This recipe looks so good, have to try it sometime!

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  7. Your homemade granola looks so good. Thanks for the recipe to make it.

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  8. Yummy.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  9. This looks delicious, Joanne!

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  10. Looks yummy, Joanne! The perfect way to begin the day.
    Amalia
    xo

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  11. I LOVE granola, I have such a hard time with portion control, it's so delish!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Me too! I use my 1/4 cup measure and just remind myself I can have more tomorrow. I'd happily sit and eat handfuls of the stuff though.

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  12. I love (LOVE) granola! Always wanting to try an new one - this one looks yummy. Printing off the recipe just now:) And I happy to have some unsweetened coconut in my pantry. Who knows where I found that??

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    1. Lucky you! That will make it even lower in points and more healthy for you.

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  13. This looks delicious! Yes, the main problem with granola is the calories, so I do the same thing--a little bit on top of yogurt instead of a whole bowlful. I found unsweetened coconut at Walmart this week! I love everything in this recipe--looks yummy. Pinning! Visiting from Karin's Kottage linkup.

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    1. Thank you! I'll have to look at Walmart (or ask my mother in law to look for me since I rarely get there).

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  14. Thanks for sharing at our What's for Dinner party! Hope your week has been great - come back again this Sunday for the new party too!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks so much for hosting.

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  15. I love making my own granola so I can control the sugars in it.
    XOOX
    Jodie

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