6 Granola Desserts Helping You End Your Day on a Nutritious Note

Eating granola in the morning is a great way to start your day, but it isn’t the only time you should be enjoying the sweet and crunchy health food. You can also end your day on a nutritious note by preparing healthy granola desserts, which are filled with fruit, oats, nuts, and other good-for-you ingredients. From a chocolate-filled Healthy Granola Brownie to a rich, gooey serving of Skillet Granola-Apple Crisp, we’ve compiled 6 granola dessert recipes that will please your sweet tooth while providing you with ample health benefits. You won’t be able to resist these nutritious sweets!

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1. Skillet Granola-Apple Crisp

Livestrong says that granola contains vitamin E, thiamin, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. In addition, eating granola on a regular basis may help lower your cholesterol and prevent certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. Thanks to Food Network’s recipe for Skillet Granola-Apple Crisp, you can reap all of granola’s benefits while enjoying a heavenly dessert dish. It yields 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups store-bought oat granola
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, plus ¼ cup
  • 5 crisp apples, such as Fuji or Gala, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt the butter in a medium nonreactive and oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add the granola, 1 tablespoon flour, and 1 tablespoon sugar and toss until the sugar is dissolved and the granola is well-coated. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. Pour the apples into the skillet; toss with the pumpkin pie spice, lemon juice, and remaining ¼ cup sugar.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are juicy and slightly softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Scatter the reserved granola mixture evenly over the top and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the crisp is bubbling and the apples are tender, about 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

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2. Granola Cookies

Martha Stewart has you make your own granola using ingredients such as oats, flax seeds, pepitas, and coconut flakes. When preparing your Granola Cookies, you must refrigerate your dough until it’s firm, so be sure to plan accordingly! The recipe yields 40 cookies.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ cup rolled old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseeds
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • ¾ cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped, about 1 cup
  • 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries, chopped

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat oil and brown sugar in a bowl on medium speed until well combined, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; beat until combined. Stir in remaining ingredients until well combined. Refrigerate dough until firm, about 1 hour. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough, 2 inches apart, onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until golden, rotating sheets halfway through, 13 to 14 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on a wire rack before removing from sheets. Cookies can be stored at room temperature up to 2 days.

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3. Baked Pears With Maple Greek Yogurt and Granola

Chock-full of nutritious ingredients, PopSugar’s Baked Pears with Maple Greek Yogurt and Granola is an oh-so-sweet dessert you can indulge in guilt-free. Jillian Michaels explains that granola is packed with whole grains and fiber, which help lower your LDL cholesterol levels and reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 firm pears
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 (16-ounce) container plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the pears in half lengthwise and remove cores with a spoon. Place in an 8-by-8-inch baking pan, cut-sides down. Pour apple juice and water over pears, and drizzle with honey. Cover pan loosely with foil and bake about 35 minutes or until tender.

When pears are done, pour the leftover baking liquid into a small saucepan and reduce over medium heat until about ¼ cup of syrup remains; set aside to cool. Open the container of Greek yogurt and stir in the maple syrup. Divide yogurt into four bowls. Place a half of the warm pear in each bowl, cut side up. Top with granola and walnuts, and drizzle with syrup you set aside.

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4. Granola Cake

Two Peas & Their Pod’s Granola Cake is a soft and chewy dessert that’s filled with healthy ingredients, toasty spices, and sweet flavors. This easy-to-make recipe yields 16 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup granola
  • 4 ounces bittersweet, milk, or white chocolate, finely chopped
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions: Center a rack in the oven and preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line the bottom with parchment or wax paper. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg, if you’re using, in a small bowl. Toss together the granola, chocolate, and coconut in another bowl. Working in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter at low-medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until soft and creamy. Add both sugars and beat for 2 minutes.

Add the egg and beat until the mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes more. Beat in the vanilla and salt. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing only until it disappears into the batter. Add the granola mixture, again mixing just until incorporated. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and jiggle the pan a little to make sure that the batter gets into the corners. Bake the cake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is honey brown; a skewer inserted into the center should come out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and let rest for 10 minutes, then run a table knife around the edges of the cake and unmold it onto the rack; invert and cool to room temperature onto the racks.

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5. Totally Healthy Granola Brownies

Looking for a nutritious and low-calorie dessert? Prepare Food.com’s Totally Healthy Granola Brownies, which contain cereal, nuts, shredded coconut, oats, and dried fruit. Fit Day notes that dried fruit is a good source of vitamins, fiber, minerals, and phytonutrients. The recipe yields 24 servings, with each containing 190.2 calories, 7.8 grams of fat, and 2.4 grams of fiber.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose wheat flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar or ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup whole-grain, wheat flake cereal
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded
  • ½ cup nuts, crushed
  • 1 cup dried fruit, soaked in water and drained
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)
  • ½ cup instant oats

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat sugars and butter together until creamy. Next, add honey, vanilla, and egg whites. Combine dry ingredients and add to the butter and sugar mixture. Using a large spoon to stir, add the fruit, nuts, and coconut. Press mixture firmly into a greased or sprayed 9-by-13-inch cake pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Using a sharp knife, slice brownies while they are still warm. Let cool.

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6. Triple-Berry Granola Crisp

Betty Crocker’s Triple-Berry Granola Crisp is a sweet, healthy, and fruit-filled treat that’s baked with an oats and honey granola topping. The recipe yields 9 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-ounce) bag frozen blueberries
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen strawberries
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups oats and honey granola
  • Ice cream or whipped cream, if desired

Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In an ungreased 2-quart glass baking dish, mix frozen berries, sugar, and flour until fruit is coated. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir fruit mixture. Sprinkle with granola. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until light golden brown and bubbly. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with ice cream.

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