This is, by far, my favorite homemade granola recipe. I've made it several times now and it is just really, really, REALLY good. I always pick up the ingredients at the bulk section in the grocery store. I love the 'heart healthy mix' of walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc. because they have less sodium than the jarred containers. This recipe uses applesauce instead of oil (I lie; there is 1 tbsp of oil, but unless you are eating the entire batch, I don't think it should have too much of an impact) but it does not fall short. I added some flax seeds to the recipe, but these can easily be left out. Also, I HIGHLY recommend added dried apple pieces to the granola. You'll be sorry if you don't!
Applesauce and Apple Granola
adapted from Fake Ginger
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup flax seeds (or sesame seeds)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 2/3 cup chopped, dried apple
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce with the honey and oil over low heat.
- Mix the applesauce mixture into the oat mixture and stir to coat everything. Spread the mixture onto a 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is a deep brown.
- Remove from oven and stir in raisins. Cool completely before enjoying.