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.
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, seeds and spices.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, applesauce, maple syrup, honey and vanilla.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine. Spread on prepared baking sheet(s) in an even layer.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on the depth of goldenness you’re looking for), stirring every 10 to 15 minutes.
- Break granola up as desired and stir in dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.