Granola is created from rolled grains, often oats and an assortment of additional ingredients. Other ingredients include seeds, nuts and dried fruit. Granola is often sweetened with molasses, honey, agave nectar or sugar. All these ingredients are usually toasted, giving granola a crunchy and clumpy texture.
In recent years, gourmet granola has become a growing market. Granola can be made with chocolate, yogurt, goji berries, or even exotic seeds such as chia, flax or amaranth seeds.
The rolled oats and other grains in granola offer fiber and antioxidants. The nuts offer heart healthy fats, such as omega-3s and vitamins. The dried fruit provides additional fiber, which can promote digestive health.