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NIRERIN Posts: 12,032
10/13/12 11:26 A

have you tried just using wheat germ? it's in the cereal aisle next to the oatmeal and it's good for sprinkling into things if you don't want to go the whole route of making granola. because, i mean, granola without sweetener of some sort is kind of like tomato sauce that isn't made with tomatoes. granola less sweeter is simply a mix of other foods, a variant on trail mix or something to that degree. the sweetener slightly hydrates the oats and helps to cook them without burning or becoming too dry. and since making granola is tossing together a bunch of stuff, mixing it in oil and sugar and baking it, it's really just not granola otherwise.

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10/13/12 10:12 A

It's the added sugar and fat that helps bind the oats into clusters and makes them crunchy. I know you can find some good organic plain ones, but you're not going to find granola without any sweetener.

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10/13/12 9:15 A

I add grapefruit or prunes


ABBIE_JAS SparkPoints: (3,420)
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10/13/12 8:49 A

I guess it is! I don't think it would be too harmful to add in a few nuts or dried fruit.

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10/12/12 9:55 P

So granola with nothing added is just, say, quaker old fashioned oats? I generally use the quick stuff in the morning and never knew

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10/12/12 9:54 P

Granola is typically rolled oats, brown sugar or honey, dried fruit, and nuts. Why not make it at home? I imagine it keeps well.

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10/12/12 9:39 P

So I don't know if its just me or what, but I can't find plain granola in the store. Everything is flavored and has at least some added sugars. All I want is the whole grains to add some crunch to my Greek yogurt and cottage cheese mixtures I make mainly with smashed fruit.

plain granola isn't just old fashioned oats (oatmeal) is it?

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