Finding commercial granola that does not contain oil is nearly impossible. This is a food that can be perfectly delicious, and still crunchy, without added oil. Making your own homemade granola is easy, and you don't even need a food dehydrator. Serve over hot cereal or with fruit.Print
Above: I use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so the granola doesn't stick to the pan during baking. You can also use a silicone baking mat if you like.
Above: Granola can be made in a food dehydrator or an oven. Most people don't have a food dehydrator, so my recipe utilizes the oven. Granola prepared in a food dehydrator doesn't cook but rather dries out over time. Warm air is circulated around the food, gradually causing it to lose all or most of its moisture. To use a dehydrator, spread the granola on a teflex sheet that is placed on a dehydrator tray, and dehydrate at 110 degrees F for 3 to 4 hours, or until your desired crunch level is achieved. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer to preserve freshness.
Above: If you don't have a dehydrator, and want maximum airflow around your granola (using the oven method), you can place your parchment paper on top of a baking rack that is sitting on top of your baking sheet (I have used my broiler pan and broiler rack in the photo above). I haven't found this to be a necessary step, but something to try if you're interested in even crispier granola.
Above: I love a little granola on top of my morning oatmeal, with some fruit and homemade non-dairy milk.