"I made granola" is a very Earth-mother, hippy-dippy, peace-and-love thing to say, and I relate to none of those things. I suck at separating my compost, I get road rage, and I don't want to share the land.
But I do love a little granola sprinkled on my yogurt, and I don't necessarily like it to be laden with fat, sugars and crazy chemicals.
|Mixing it up.|
Here's a link to the recipe I used, and here it is with the modifications I made, just because I didn't have some of the stuff in the cupboard but I really, REALLY had a hankering for granola:
- 2 1/2 cups oats
- 1 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds) (I used almonds because that's what I had on hand)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (I used pumpkin seeds instead. Work with what you got, kids!)
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds (I skipped this because I didn't have any)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1 TBSP vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup raisins (I didn't have raisins so I used craisins instead - any dried fruit/berries would work well)
- Preheat oven to 300F.
- Mix together your dry ingredients, minus the raisins, in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce, honey, and oil over low heat.
- Mix the applesauce mixture into the oat mixture and stir to coat everything. Spread the mixture onto a 9x13 baking pan.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until granola is a deep brown. Remove from oven and stir in raisins. Let cool before eating! (I didn't)