“Spa” Granola – Dana Shortt Gourmet

“Spa” Granola

The more my business grows, the more I makeĀ it a goal to take better care of myself. I had a handful of spa gift certificates tucked away and I was determined to use them up! I am happy to say that I had a few wonderful spa experiences – part of the spa experience (at least for me, anyway) is lingering in the lounge afterwards, sipping tea and munching on granola.

Here is a low-cal, low-fat spa granola recipe from chef Kate Dowhan of Guelph. I assisted chef Kate back in 2000 when she was teaching a low cal spa class in Toronto. This granola is delicious with milk, yogurt or on it’s own as a light snack.

“Spa” Granola


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup whole, unblanched almonds
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • yogurt, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 225 F.
  2. Toss all of the granola ingredients (except the fresh fruit) in a mixing bowl.
  3. Spread thinly on a baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring often so that the mixture browns evenly.
  4. When the granola is golden and the texture starts to become crunchy, remove and let cool.
  5. To serve, place yogurt in a bowl and top with granola and fresh fruit.