A few months ago I became fed up with eyeing the granola section of my grocery store. Every single time I went to the store I found myself in that cruel section of the cereal aisle dreaming of the day I could buy an $8 bag of crunchy oats without batting an eye. Well that day didn’t come while I was in the cereal aisle so I thought to hell with it, I’m making my own damn granola. But then I discovered a crueler world. While I was trying to find a recipe to use, I found the “healthy” snack I had been drooling over was laden with oil and sugar! Heaven forbid. So once again, I thought to hell with it, I’m making my own damn granola. I have a lot of versions of this, this just happened to be the one I made today.
3 cups oats (old fashion)
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
2 tbsp flax seed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup of no sugar added juice (apple for this recipe)
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp apple pie spice
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepitas
1/2 cup dried apple (or 1 apple’s worth if you make it yourself)
1/2 cup dried blueberries
Bake time: ~1 1/2 hours
The recipe portion is my basic granola recipe, additions are for the Apple Blueberry Granola and can be changed any way you see fit. Or change the whole recipe, I won’t know or care. If I felt like spending more money I would have done 1/2 cup of pecans instead of the sunflower seeds and pepitas but frick, pecans are expensive.
Preheat oven 300°
Add oats to a large mixing bowl. Dirty secret time: these are store brand oats that I keep in a Quaker Oat container to make me feel better about myself. Silly, the things we do.
Today is the day I realized how old my measuring spoons look. Add 2 tbsp of whole wheat flour into bowl.
Follow with 2 tbsp flax seed.
1/4 cup of pepitas and sunflower seeds.
Mix them all in your bowl with your salt.
Heat honey, applesauce, juice, vanilla, and spices over stove, just until warm.
Pour wet mixture onto dry mixture and stir with spoon or spatula or whatever.
Mixture should clump in your hand.
Spread granola thinly on lightly greased baking sheet, if you need to use two use two. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp of sugar.
This is how thin it should be. Bake in oven at 300° for 1 hour. Pull out of oven, break apart and bake up to another 1/2 hour.
While granola is cooling toss in your apples and blueberries (okay you caught me, they’re craisins but they’re blueberry juice infused and they’re a fraction of the price!)