Homemade granola is one of America’s favorite snacks.
And we all know that homemade granola can also be served as a healthy, high fiber breakfast.
But the best thing about making your own granola is that you control what is in it. A lot of mass produced breakfast cereals and snacks contain unhealthy ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors and colors. But, by just taking an hour a week to make this healthy treat from scratch you can avoid eating all of these unwholesome ingredients.
Plus, making your own homemade granola is fun for the whole family since when making this treat, you can let your imagination run wild and experiment with all sorts of ingredients.
This is one of my favorite granola recipes. I like the way the sweet and sour flavors of the cherries, cranberries and raisins mix with the nutty and slightly salty taste of the nuts. But, if you prefer sweets, you can always omit the tart cherries and add M&M’s or chocolate chips in your recipe.
Recipe makes 6 cups
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup diced hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup diced, salted cashews
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup flax seeds
- 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce (instead of butter or oil)
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (low glycemic) or brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- In a large bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients except for the dry fruit, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds
- Set the dry fruit and nuts aside
- Mix the apple sauce and honey in the dry ingredients (drizzling the honey slowly) and stir well until the granola becomes darker and all of the apple sauce and honey is absorbed
- Spread the granola on a shallow baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until it becomes golden brown
- Be sure to stir your granola every 5 minutes so that it browns evenly
- Remove the granola from the oven, add the dry fruit, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds, and bake for another 5-10 minutes
- Remove your granola from the oven and let cool
- If you want your granola to clump together do not touch it until it is completely cooled
- If you do not want your granola to clump together, return your granola to a bowl (once it has cooled slightly) and stir it (until it cools) to break up the clumps.
photo courtesy of: Kelly R Patton