If you know me then you know I love to snack. And what's a better snack than granola?! Homemade granola! I've been wanting to make this for a long time and finally had a weekend to do so. Making your own granola is easy , cost effective and super tasty. The best thing about making it yourself is you can put whatever you like in there! I used almonds, cherries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and oats (of course). Now this isn't a sweet granola which was fine with me but you could add more sweetener if you wanted. Several granola recipes use lots of oil and sugar but I found one on Sprouted Kitchen that used applesauce in place of some of the oil and less sugar. So I used that recipe as a guide, changing some things that suited me. This is very delicious and good for you. Take some with you to work, school or when running errands. It's a quick and healthy energy boost!
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 sunflower seeds
1 cup whole almonds
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 325 degree. In a saucepan, on low heat, melt the brown sugar, applesauce, honey, olive oil and vanilla. Stir until sugar is dissolved and all ingredients incorporated.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, salt, nuts and seeds. Slowly drizzle the wet mixture on the oat mixture and stir until all oats are covered. It should look moist, not wet.
3. Spread the granola in an even layer on a baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes for even color.
4. Pull out the granola and fold in the dried cherries. Let cool. Makes approximately 5 cups.
This will make your house smell amazing while baking! Not only is this a good snack but it's also good for breakfast. Put some in your yogurt or eat it as cereal with some milk. If you like your granola sweeter add more honey/brown sugar. If you like it in bunches add more oil/applesauce or maple syrup. For a gluten free version, be sure to buy gluten free oats and for a vegan version use agave nectar or maple syrup in place of the honey.