Hello all, and happy Friday! Happy Memorial Day weekend, too, to all of my American friends. 🙂
So last weekend I was searching for a good, healthy granola recipe. I found quite a few, but decided to combine them and add a few twists of my own. The result? Perfection! Eating this stuff is like eating cookies, according to my mom, and I have to agree with her. As an added bonus, it is free from some of the most popular allergies, including nuts and gluten, which are often found in store-bought granola. Plus, a serving is a 1/2 cup, so you’re not stuck with a tiny portion like you are with many other store-bought or homemade granolas. Other than just straight out of the container, my favorite way of eating it is on top of Greek yogurt with a sprinkling of dried fruit.
The Best Granola (E, N, D, GF)
makes about 4 1/2 cups
– 2 cups oats
– 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal (I used Rice Krispies)
– 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
– 1 tbsp. whole flaxseed
– 1/4 all-natural sweetener, such as Stevia
– 1/2 tsp. table salt (add more or less to taste)
– 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
– 2 heaping tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
– 1/8 cup honey
– 1/8 cup agave nectar
– 2 1/2 tbsp. sunflower seed butter (if you are tolerant, use any nut butter)
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325*F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (oats through cinnamon). Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine applesauce, honey, agave nectar, and sunflower seed butter. Microwave on high for about 60 seconds. Whisk them together, then stir in vanilla extract.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry in batches (start with about 1/3 of the wet mixture, stir, add another 1/3, etc.). As noted on the original recipe, it does not look like there is enough moisture – don’t worry, just keep stirring!
- Scoop the mixture onto the baking sheet, and bake for about 20 minutes, stirring once at the halfway point. Allow to cool completely before storing.
- Enjoy! 🙂
– The original recipe calls for chia seeds. We didn’t have any, so I just used whole flax seeds, instead.
– If you don’t have agave nectar, just use all honey. I was just experimenting when I used the agave!
– You could add dried fruit into the mix before you bake it; I’m not in favor of doing this, though, as I find it completely takes out any moisture left in the fruit and leaves it tacky and tough.
I really hope you all try this recipe – it’s a keeper to be sure! As I mentioned in this post, it’s probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever made/eaten!
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!