Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Healthier Homemade Granola

I love, Love, LOVE homemade granola, especially if I don't have to worry about TONS of calories and sugar from purchased granola. This was SIMPLE and delicious. I think we ate the whole bowl in 2 days. We couldn't help it! So I have since made more and more. This is great on Yogurt Parfaits like my Red, White and Blueberry Parfait, eat as a cereal, add it to a fruit salad, whatever floats your boat! Make it your own by adding your favorite "add-ins." Your favorite berries, nuts or dried fruit, the options are endless.



Healthier Homemade Granola

3 c. Old Fashioned Oats
3 T. Applesauce + 2 T. Water
4 T. Light Maple Syrup
2 T. Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Line a baking sheet with foil, spread the oats on the foil evenly and bake at 325. Bake the oats until crisp and "fragrant." About 15-20 min.
While that is cooking, stir together the remaining ingredients. When the oats are finished "crisping" pour the liquid over all and turn with a spatula until all coated. This is the time to get creative with your taste buds.

Add in:
Almonds
Peanuts
Walnuts
Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Dried Apples
Raisins
Dried Banana Flakes
Crasins
ANYTHING YOU WANT!

Place back in the oven for 20 more minutes. Remove with a spatula and keep in an air tight bowl for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

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5 comments:

  1. What a great, simple recipe Brooklyn..love the add-in ideas!
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  2. Yummy! I love Granola! Love a healthier version even better! Hey, I sent you an email the other day....let me know if you got it?! K?!

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  3. Sounds easy enough! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #20!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    http://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com

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  4. Made this last week. I used honey instead of maple syrup and a little bit of stevia powder and no brown sugar. It was pretty good. I think this week I'm gonna put the oats in the wet ingredients and mix it up that way then spread out on a cookie sheet. :-)

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  5. This is a great recipe! I made it this afternoon and also used honey instead of maple syrup. I used brown sugar still though. And my additions included a trail mix which had coconut, brazil nuts, raisins and a load of other lovely goodies in it. Thank you for this much healthier alternative to the oil-loaded granola recipes that are out there - which are delicious, but unkind to the hips! Hehe.

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