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No-Fat Granola Recipe

Low Fat Granola Recipe that is Weight Watchers Freestyle friendly.

Life struggles are real…

… if I can, I always try to find solutions for them.

Today I am sharing something a little different, something that I am dealing with that is a very common struggle known by many…  which is getting into shape, losing weight and becoming as healthy as possible.   I know I am not alone in this struggle since these are some of the most searched terms on the internet.

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Over the past few years I have read every diet book and tried every eating plan ever created from cover to cover.  Want to know the two common threads I found in all my reading and testing?

  • The diets/eating plans all contradict each other.
  • You will lose weight on all of the diets/eating plans.

But here is what I found to be the most important thing…

  • Will you be able to stick with the eating plan which may limit carbs, meat, fat, or whatever the eating plan dictates for the long run?

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After following many of these plans, I did lose weight, only to gain it back again when I simply could not sustain or limit food groups from my diet. A carb-free diet is not sustainable for the way I want to live, but it can be for someone else.  You just have to do some trial and error to find out what plan is easy for you to follow so that you can stick to it for the long run, perhaps even life.

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Back in February, I was once again scanning the internet for food and nutrition information and stumbled upon a Weight Watchers Freestyle program post.  I had done Weight Watchers 25 years ago where you kept track of everything you ate. The new program that I was reading about was much smarter and was created in a way that allows more healthy foods to be on the “unlimited food list” that now includes chicken breasts, fruit, lentils, beans and more. These once had to be counted,  but no more.

I like all these foods and if I could eat them and other favorite foods, perhaps I could do this and keep it up for the long run. So I read more, downloaded the WW online app and made a list of the foods I love, like toast and crusty bread.

With some trial and error over the past two months, I lost 15 pounds by allowing myself not to feel guilty about eating bread.  I call this a win!  I even had a normal size slice of chocolate cake when we were out to dinner two weeks ago.

Weight Watchers Freestyle Non-Fat Granola Recipe in a glass pedestal dessert bowl.

So… over the past few weeks I have been looking at all the real and wholesome foods I love and figuring out ways I can add them into my daily diet in a smart way. One food is granola.  I like crunchy foods best… toast, crusty bread, granola.  I have the bread thing figured out and wanted to find a low or non fat granola that would not be too caloric. I found a recipe and tweaked it so I could have enough to enjoy on a bowlful of berries, making the berries seem like a decadent treat.

Weight Watchers Freestyle Non-Fat Granola Recipe just out of the oven.

The nice thing about making the granola myself is that I know exactly what is in it.  I can also add as much sweetness or optional ingredients as I want so that it is just right for my taste and needs.

A dish full of Weight Watchers Freestyle Non-Fat Granola

I like it alone on berries, but you could add it over non-fat Greek yogurt or even…

Weight Watchers Freestyle Non-Fat Granola Recipe with non fat whipped creme.

… whipped cream on top.  Ed likes it this way with real whipped cream, but to keep the WW Freestyle points low, you could add non-fat whipped cream.  That’s what makes it so good… you get to decide.

Weight Watchers Freestyle Non-Fat Granola Recipe

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Non-Fat Granola Topping Recipe

When you are looking for a little crunch on your berries or yogurt, but don't want to add the calories to your day, this non-fat granola is the answer. It is easy to make and can be tweaked in many ways to customize it to your taste. 
Makes 18 - 1/4 cup servings - 3 WW Freestyle Points.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: bowls, Breakfast, snacks
Keyword: Granola, No Fat Granola, Whole food, plant based - no oil
Servings: 18
Calories: 86kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp almonds sliced
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp egg white
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 100% pure
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp orange rind, finely grated

Optional: 1 tsp Orange or vanilla extract, 2 tsps of pepitas, sunflower seeds, raisins, or dried cranberries. Note that the addition of some of these will change the WW Points value or calories per serving.

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350° oven. 
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    • Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
    • Combine oats, pepitas, almonds and chia seeds in a large bowl. Whisk the egg white, maple syrup and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add egg white mixture to coat oats mixture and toss to combine. Scatter over lined trays.
    • Bake for 10 minutes, swapping trays on racks and stirring halfway through cooking. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with orange rind. Bake, for 2 minutes more or until granola is lightly golden. Set aside on trays to cool completely.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 21mg

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    35 Comments

    1. Diana, I just came across your website and I have to say a big THANK YOU for sharing your Non-Fat Granola recipe! I’ve been searching for healthy granola at my local grocery stores and none of the brands on the shelves are healthy.
      I tried to find healthy granola online that I didn’t need to take out a 2nd mortgage on my house in order to buy. I was beginning to think that healthy (and reasonably priced) granola doesn’t exist…..and then I found your recipe. : ) I’m going to make this today and I can’t wait to try it. I started WW again (for something like the 10th time in 35 years) about 2 weeks ago and I’m really enjoying the recipes. The one that that was missing was a nice, healthy, crunchy granola to pair with fruit and low-fat Greek yogurt. Thanks again!

    2. Sorry to comment so late, but I only read blogs every once in a while. Anyway, when I was reading the first paragraph of your story, I was thinking to myself, “She needs to do Weight Watchers!” This is my recommendation to anyone since I have lost 66 pounds on the program! It truly does work, and the very best and most important thing, as you stated, is that you can eat what you like, in moderation, and still lose weight and maintain weight loss. No gaining it all back as soon as you start eating “normally,” because it is a lifestyle, not a diet. You truly do not feel deprived or like you are missing out, because you are not! And, just FYI, I am also a 50-something menopausal woman and the weight came off anyway :-).

      Congratulations Diane, on your weight loss and to everyone else who would like to lose some weight, try Weight Watchers! You have everything to lose! (HA!)

      1. Hi Hjc- Congratulations on losing 66 pounds!!! You should be so proud of yourself. Very inspiring! I think WW is a great plan for life and easy to follow for many reasons, but mainly just like you said… that you can eat your fave foods in moderation. What is making it easier for me is that I use the online app on my iPad for meal recipes. They are all delicious, even my husband likes them, no more having to make two meals, one for me and the other for family.

    3. Nice post. Thank you for this tutorial! Quick, easy, simple, awesome! ❤

    4. Diane, I recall a few years ago you were using aromatherapy to suppress your desire for sweets. I was always curious if it worked for you and if so, is it still something you use. I continue to struggle with weight gain even past menopause and might take a chance on the WW freestyle program. Thanks for your honesty.

      1. Hi Kim – I still use the Dill Oil when the chocolate urges get intense, but I have to say since using the oil, they have subsided to the point that I can go weeks and weeks without even thinking about it. Which is amazing for me! I still do love Flourless Chocolate Torte and if we are out to eat and they serve it on the dessert menu, I get it, but it doesn’t taste as good to me anymore. Now if I could only get a similar fix for bread. :-)

        I have found the Freestyle program so easy to follow. It is not a quick fix, but a slow and steady way to lose weight by and still eat your favorite foods, just in smaller portions and by making smarter choices. I do use my extra weekly points when we go out to dinner when it is hard to know the point value of every entree. The online app makes it all pretty easy. I don’t feel I could do it as easily without the app. For me the app makes all the difference.

    5. You said you have the “bread thing figured out”. What is it? I have learned to live without potatoes (a once favorite food) but can’t give up bread!

      Thanks for all you have shared and given.

      1. Hi Jackie –

        I am really picky about bread. I like crusty. After some trial and error, I have found I can have one piece of Ezekiel’s Sesame Bread in the morning. I toast it and put a tsp of flax seed oil on it. For lunch I eat a 3″ long piece of a Panera French Baguette. I buy a few loaves and bring them home. I slice the baguette lengthwise and then remove the guts of the bread. Then I cut it into 3″ pieces and freeze. I toast it to make a tuna or chicken breast sandwich or have a piece with dinner. The 3″ section is 2 oz which is 4 points. Totally worth it since it is a food I love.

    6. Saw my primary care MD this week… and like so many complained to him that I cannot seem to drop any lbs. Most of my life I’ve been on the thin side – until I hit 55 and menopause. Eeek. The pounds just keep hanging on. His comment: Forget those diets that restrict or eliminate food groups. Count those calories and limit fat and refined sugar and EXERCISE in some form or fashion. Fewer (better) calories with more movement equal weight loss. He reminded me that once women hit their late 50’s and 60’s the weight will come off SLOWLY and return QUICKLY. It’s all about the estrogen (which is stored in fat in your middle section and hip area). ~heavy sigh~ It’s no wonder women over 50 struggle with self esteem: your hair turns gray, your face sags, your midline spreads and your feet and knees hurt! What a life… LOL.

      1. Hi Joan – The Freestyle plan is really working for me and I love the app. It makes finding the right foods and recipes so easy. I hope you and your sisters have success.

    7. This recipe looks so wonderful! I love granola and this looks like a really nice springy/summer recipe! It’s getting me ready for the warmer seasons! Thank you!

    8. Congratulations on the loss! My Sister-in-law was just here and she was on the WW Freestyle program and loves it so far. I do miss crunchy granola!!!

      1. Hi Gail – I am really finding it easy to follow. The app makes it easy and has so many recipes that Ed likes, too. So I only have to make one dinner. Hope you have a great weekend. We will be painting the game room. XO

    9. I’m intrigued with your granola recipe. It can be suited to my likes such as no cinnamon and not much sweet. And WAs had always been a good support group. I plan to read more online about their new diet.

      1. Hi Stacey – The weekends are hard going out to dinner. I try to save up all my weekly points and fitness points so I can have a glass or two of wine. Mexican food is hard to resist, especially a big plate of nachos. :-)

      2. I always liked going to Mexican restaurants while on WW. Fajitas w/o tortias no beans or rice extra salad, their salads with a few adjustments and take your own dressing, soups, Moe’s is good for WW too. Salads in bowl hold the chips and add as many veg. As you want to the salad and limes and a little dressing.

    10. Hello,

      I’ve just printed the granola recipe! It looks delicious and guilt-free!
      The WW diet works well and although I have not dieted in a while, I have kept some the habits I learned while on the diet, like eating a small cup of applesauce made without sugar when I’m really hungry or fruits.
      Thanks for the recipe.

    11. Wish I could loose 15 pounds ! After reading this I am going to try .I have been collecting WW recipes on Pinterest but guess I should start cooking them to loose some weight ! I have never had to diet in my life ,always weighed 99 pounds even after having 2 children . Until I quit smoking and went through menopause ,then the pounds just didn’t stop .I’m so mad at myself for not having any will power and hate being so heavy . Good for you Diane ,I hope you will be my inspiration .I really love everything you do ,you are so talented !

      1. Hi Virginia – Thanks. I have tried many diets and just could not stick with them for more then a few days. With the new Freestyle Plan, I have found it so easy to follow and don’t even feel like I am missing out on too many things since you can eat what you like.

    12. Looks delicious! Am sure it tastes as delicious as it looks. It is the best for healthy diet or weight loss. Thank you.