Granola is known to be a healthy food option. It is consumed in different forms and all its forms offer great nutritional value however the calorie content and other micronutrients may vary to some extent depending upon the method of preparation of granola. Granola is mostly preferred with fruits and milk. It is also added to various other food items in order to enhance their taste and add to their nutritional value.
One serving of granola which weighs around 1 oz contains approximately 139 calories which gives around 7% of the suggested daily intake of calories. Out of these 139 calories around 62 calories come from fats, 60 calories come from carbohydrates and the remaining 17 calories come from proteins. It also contains other micronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vitamins. 1 oz of granola has around 15 grams of carbohydrates and 2.4 grams of dietary fiber.
An equal quantity of granola has around 6.9 grams of fat out of which 1.3 grams are saturated fats and 5.6 grams are unsaturated fats. It also contains around 4.2 grams of protein. It also contains essential vitamins and minerals that are required for the body.
It is seen that the calorie content in traditional home made granola varies to some extent as compared to the granola available in the market. The calorie content in the granola prepared in the traditional way goes up as a number of high calorie ingredients such as oils, sweeteners, syrups, etc are added to it.
The oil and sweeteners are used to give a coating to the nuts and grains thus adding to the calorie content of the granola dish. Each serving of a traditionally prepared granola contains around 369 calories out of which 77 calories come from grains. The calorie content in the granola prepared in the market may vary from 386 calories per 100 grams serving to 386 calories per 100 grams serving to 429 calories in an equal quantity of serving depending upon the ingredients added to it.