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Calories in Granola

Leena Palande Feb 14, 2020
Do you often eat granola cereals or bars? Innumerable varieties of granola snacks are available in the market, therefore, knowing about the amount of calories in granola will be quite helpful. The upcoming passages aim at enlightening you in this regard.
Granula was first introduced in Dansville, New York, by Dr. James Caleb Jackson at the Jackson Sanitarium, in 1894. John Harvey Kellogg also produced a similar cereal which was initially known as Granula, but afterwards the name was changed to Granola to avoid legal problems with Jackson.
Granula and Granola were the terms used in the late nineteenth century in the United States for foods which included crumbled whole grain products that were supposed to be baked until crispy.
Muesli, the contemporary invention, is totally different from granula or granola, as it is traditionally not baked or sweetened. In the 1960s, new varieties of this food were introduced which consisted of fruits and nuts. Granola is recognized as a health food because of the healthy calories it offers.
Granola is considered as a breakfast food or healthy snack which can be eaten at any time. It is made up of rolled oats, nuts, honey, and sometimes rice and is usually baked until crispy. While baking, you are expected to stir the mixture until you get the desired loose, breakfast cereal type consistency.
It also consists of dried fruits like raisins and dates as well. It is a favorite food of hikers, campers, or in general of all those who require lightweight backpacking. It is high in calories, and it is an easy to store food.
You can eat it in combination with yogurt, honey, strawberries, bananas, milk, and/or other forms of cereal. You can also top various types of pastries and/or desserts with granola. The calories in it enhance the food value of the desserts. You can also find numerous granola recipes on the Internet.

Granola Bars

'Granola bars' are very popular as a snack and were first introduced by Stanley Mason. The contents of a normal granola and that of a bar are almost the same, but the main difference lies in the shape.
Normal granola has a loose, breakfast cereal type consistency, while granola bars are pressed and baked into a bar shape. The bar is considered as a more convenient snack. These bars have gained tremendous popularity in the United States and Canada and also in some parts of southern Europe, Brazil, South Africa, and Japan.
Its healthy calories and the convenience it offers have made it immensely popular. It has also been introduced in the markets of India and other southeast Asian countries. 'Chewy granola bar' is another variety where the texture of the bar is chewier. The time required to bake the oats is either shortened or cut out altogether to make the bar more chewier.

Calories in Granola Varieties

If you are a calorie conscious person, the following information will prove to be very helpful.
Following is the calorie content of granola (with the quantity in brackets).
  • Low-fat Granola without Raisins (½ Cup- 49 gm): 186 Kcal
  • Homemade Granola (1 Cup- 122 gm): 597 Kcal
  • Granola: 100% Natural Oats and Honey (½ Cup- 51 gm): 219 Kcal
  • Low-Fat Granola with Raisins (⅔ Cup- 60 gm): 220 Kcal
  • Granola Bar: Soft Plain (1 Bar- 28 gm): 124 Kcal
  • Plain Granola Bar (1 Bar- 25 gm): 118 Kcal
  • Classic Granola Cereal (½ Cup- 51 gm): 180 Kcal
  • Granola Bar: Hard with Almonds: (1 Bar- 28.3 gm) 140 Kcal
  • Granola Bar: Soft, Milk Chocolate Coating, and Peanut Butter: (1 Bar- 28.3 gm) 144 Kcal
Granola has been accepted as a wholesome and nutritious food for both children and the elderly. Homemade granola bars are healthy and convenient when on the go. You can reduce the calories in the bars by preparing them at home. This way, you will be able to enjoy your homemade healthy snack, even when on a weight loss diet.