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Earth muffin strikes again

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"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.
Granola is so easy to make yourself, and so simple to modify to however you like it, there's not really any need to buy pre-packaged stuff from the cereal aisle. I was able to whip up some applesauce granola on Saturday using ingredients I already had on hand at home, with a few little adjustments to a recipe I found online, and it turned out great.

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)
Easy! The hardest part was actually smelling this delicious mixture roasting away for the better part of an hour and not just throwing the oven door open and devouring it before it was done. 

It's so good sprinkled on a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal. Or just by the handful out of the jar every time you're in the kitchen. Whatever floats your boat. I bet you could also play around with adding some maple syrup, if you feel fancy. Get crazy with some chocolate chips or some peanut butter. 

Crunchy yums! 

I used substitutes for half the ingredients and the results were fantastic. Put whatever you want into your dang granola. #YOLO

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  1. I make one from Budget Bytes that has cocoa in it. It is SO good. I ran out of time to make some and bought granola this week. Not nearly as good as homemade.

    1. I've never made it with cocoa, but that sounds like a very good idea indeed. I bought peanut butter granola to make granola bars a few weeks ago, and it was good, but homemade is best!

  2. Looks so good! I was totally going to comment on your Instagram asking for the recipe - you read my mind!

    1. Happy to share! I'll definitely be making this one again.

  3. oh yum, I love making granola! can't wait to try this recipe out! thanks for sharing

    1. Hope you like it! I just bought Eli some peach applesauce so I want to try peachy granola next.

  4. I don't eat much granola, but I think I would if I made it myself... Looks great, can't wait to try!