We really, and I mean really, love granola around here. But of course, itâ€™s just not that great for you. All the oil that usually goes into a batch of granola makes it a pretty high calorie snack and letâ€™s face it, no one can stop after just a handful of the tasty stuff.
Iâ€™ve made granola with applesauce instead of oil in the past but this is by far my favorite version. Itâ€™s loaded with nuts (I used walnuts and pecans) and sunflower seeds which makes it not only yummy but also filling. Itâ€™s sweet but not too sweet and you can adjust the dried fruit amount to make it even sweeter if it suits you.
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 300F.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce with the honey and oil over low heat.
- Mix the applesauce mixture into the oat mixture and stir to coat everything. Spread the mixture onto a 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Bake for 45 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is a deep brown. Remove from oven and stir in raisins. Cool completely before enjoying.
adapted from David Lebovitz