Want a Delicious Low-Cal Cereal in the Morning? Try This

Cereal can be a great way to start the day, but unfortunately, a lot of store-bought cereals and granola have added sugars, oils and unnecessary preservatives. I wanted a simple, nutty granola that would give me lots of energy, good fats and fiber to start my day while avoiding a sugar crash. This recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious fresh out of the oven.


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup nuts, chopped (I used equal parts almonds and pecans)
  • 1/4 cup seeds (I used equal parts chia and pepita seeds)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

09_Cereal02Mix the dry ingredients (oats, cinnamon, nuts and seeds) together in a large bowl.

Combine all other ingredients (banana, water, honey and vanilla) in a food processor and blend until the banana is mostly liquid and free of large lumps.

Add the contents of the food processor to the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated.

Prepare a baking sheet by covering with baking paper or spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until browned. Every 10 to 15 minutes, remove the tray from the oven and stir to break up any clumps. After the granola is browned, remove from oven and let sit to cool – the mixture will become crunchier as it dries.

Keep in an airtight container. Makes 5 cups and will stay fresh and crunchy for about a week.

Customize your granola with whatever nuts and seeds you like. You could also add dried fruit, but keep in mind that this will increase the calorie and sugar content.

Nutrition Info:
(Will vary if you use different nuts and seeds than the above recipe.)

Per 1/2 cup serving: 153 calories, 19 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fat, 5 grams protein


About Author

Carolyn McAnlis, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who has a special interest in preventing chronic disease through nutrition. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science & Dietetics and a minor in Psychology. After completing a full-time dietetic internship at the University of Virginia Health System, she has developed a passion for convincing others that healthy food can be delicious through her blog A Dietitian in the Kitchen.

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