This healthy caramel granola recipe is easy to make and so delicious. You have probably have seen a hundred healthy homemade granola recipes, but this one is different. Caramel granola is out of this world tasty and going to become your new favorite low-sugar granola. I used the same base for my dairy-free caramel sauce that I used in my magic bars recipe and it totally works in this healthy granola.
A great thing about this healthy granola recipe is that once you master this basic recipe, the possibilities are endless. You can change out the types of nuts, seeds, and if you’re really adventurous, even the spices. Get creative. You can test out a pumpkin pie spiced granola, instead of just the plain cinnamon spice. I am sure you will fall in love with this healthy homemade granola recipe. You really can’t describe this caramel granola, you just have to try it for yourself.
Oats are a natural superfood because they are 100% whole grain, and contain lots of vitamins and minerals. Contain fiber and are unique in that they are one of the richest sources of rich beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that can help to lower cholesterol re-absorption.
KEY NUTRIENTS OF PUMPKIN SEEDS:
Iron | Phosphorus | Zinc | Magnesium | Vitamin K | Copper | Manganese | Omega-6
HEALTH & BEAUTY BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN SEEDS:
Zinc in pumpkin seeds helps to support clear skin. Zinc is a mineral known to help keep skin clear, maintain a healthy scalp, and even promote hair growth. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc. Did you know that studies have shown that zinc can help to deactivate the herpes virus that leads to cold sores? If you tend to suffer from cold sore outbreaks, you might want to try including foods rich in zinc like pumpkin seeds.
If you have trouble getting your beauty sleep, you might try eating some pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a source of tryptophan, which studies suggest can help to improve your sleep.
Nuts don’t get any more super than almonds! That’s why I added almonds to my low-sugar granola. These delicious, natural snacks offer the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie per ounce, all in a single serving of only 191 calories! Known as a good source of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, and even iron, almonds also pack in nearly 13 grams of unsaturated fat and 3.4 grams of fiber (that’s about 14% of the daily recommended value!) in every serving.
Looking to lose weight without overthinking every bite? One study concluded that subjects who added almonds to their regular diets unintentionally upped their intake of healthy options (like plant proteins and fiber) while reducing intake of some less-than-healthy picks packed with cholesterol and sugar (1). Another recent study shows that snacking on almonds can also reduce hunger without leading to weight gain by making us feel fuller, longer (2).
Raw is a great way to eat them, however, dry and roasted varieties are easier on the digestive system which makes it easier for our bodies to absorb the most nutrients in every serving. That is why I included pumpkin seeds in this healthy homemade granola recipe. If that wasn’t enough of a reason to go buy almonds, here’s another thought for you…Grind them (or buy them) as almond butter!Print
ENJOY THIS DELICIOUS HEALTHY CARAMEL GRANOLA RECIPE!
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- Jaceldo-Siegl K, Sabaté J, Rajaram S, Fraser GE. Long-term almond supplementation without advice on food replacement induces favorable nutrient modifications to the habitual diets of free-living individuals. Br J Nutr. 2004 Sep;92(3):533-40. doi: 10.1079/bjn20041223. PMID: 15469659.
- Tan SY, Mattes RD. Appetitive, dietary and health effects of almonds consumed with meals or as snacks: a randomized, controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Nov;67(11):1205-14. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2013.184. Epub 2013 Oct 2. PMID: 24084509; PMCID: PMC3898316.