There is the most amazing smell permeating throughout my house. I have just baked homemade granola and as it cools on the counter top sweet cinnamon scents are being emitted… teasing my senses. I love granola. It is one of those versatile foods which can be enjoyed various ways and any time of day. In a bowl with milk for breakfast, on top of yogurt with fruit, or just by the handful as a mid afternoon snack.
Unfortunately, there are two huge problems with granola which prevent me from enjoying it as often as I might like. It’s expensive and usually very high in fat…two problems which can easily be solved by creating your own with this wonderful recipe.
A typical box of granola usually costs about $5 and has nearly 14g of fat per serving. Granted granola is heavily laden with nuts which are high in fat and costly, but most commercial granola also incorporates a lot of unnecessary oil. This granola has no oil, only natural ingredients like honey and applesauce. The recipe yields about 8 cups and cost a little under $1 to make.
The honey and dried fruit were free (from my weekly Walgreens trip) the oatmeal and raisins were bought in bulk from Costco, and the nuts were stolen from my mother’s pantry last time I was in town.
So here it is….Living Lean Granola
- 4 cups of rolled oats
- 1 cup finely chopped almonds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup coconut flakes (you can omit this if you are not a coconut fan)
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- ½ cup of honey
- ½ cup of apple sauce
- ¼ cup of maple syrup (real maple syrup, not that synthetic stuff )
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- ½ cup dried tropical fruit
- ½ cup raisins
1.) Mix oats, sunflower seeds, and almonds in a large bowl.
2.) Stir salt, maple syrup, honey, apple sauce, cinnamon and vanilla in a sauce pan. Bring to boil. Boil for 1 min and pour over the dry ingredients. Coat the dry ingredients with boiled mixture and spread out evenly on a lined (with aluminum foil) baking sheet.
3.) Bake for 20mins at 350 degrees. If you like large crunchy granola chunks bake granola untouched for 10 mins, then stir in dried fruit, coconut and then finish baking 10 more mins. For finer, softer granola pieces (for cereals) stir granola half way through and add dried fruit ingrediants AFTER the 20 min bake time.
4.) Allow granola to cool completely before breaking apart.
Congratulations, you have just lived leaner…in the waist line and wallet!
P.S. Aren’t those martini glasses I put the granola in awesome?!?!