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Applesauce Granola

by Heidi on February 16th, 2010
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Since we first discovered homemade granola it has become a fixed part of our routine, every Sunday we make up a new batch to get us through the week.

Recently I found a recipe using applesauce, which I really liked the idea of. I didn’t want to use puffed rice cereal, and did want seeds, so came up with the recipe below which is a combination of the recipe I was using and this new one, and based on what’s in the pantry.

We mixed this batch up with cranberry-applesauce as that is what we have, and with no nuts as we don’t have any to hand. The cardamom adds a really interesting note.


Applesauce granola mix

Applesauce Granola

  • 3 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup coconut flakes, unsweeteend
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup applesauce, not chunky
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, seeds and spices.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, applesauce, maple syrup, honey and vanilla.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine. Spread on prepared baking sheet(s) in an even layer.
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on the depth of goldenness you’re looking for), stirring every 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Break granola up as desired and stir in dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.

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  1. Great idea with the applesauce to lower the sugar/sweetener index. I’ll definitely be trying this one.

    By the way, your comment field wasn’t working. I finally entered my email first then it worked.

    Comment by Laurie Mitchell — February 16, 2010 @ 10:26 am

  2. I love granola – but don’t like all the fat that is usually added – this looks yummy and so much healthier! Plus – I have all those jars of home canned applesauce in the pantry.

    Comment by Melinda — February 16, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

  3. I love granola and have always wanted to make some. I am going to try your out. It looks so delicious!! Thanks!!

    Comment by Tiffanee — February 16, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

  4. love the idea of using applesauce – I have to make my son’s granola because he’s on a gluten free diet… just wanted to stop by and let you know that I’ve left something on my blog for you http://actingbalanced.blogspot.com/2010/02/awards.html

    Comment by Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom — February 16, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  5. who doesn’t love granola…or applesauce for that matter! Sounds delish!

    Comment by Emily — February 17, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

  6. I’ve been making granola a lot lately – love the idea of applesauce.

    Comment by Wendy (The Local Cook) — February 17, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

  7. this really sounds delicious, I am going to try it! thanks.

    Comment by Christy — February 21, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

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