Applesauce Granola – healthy crunchy granola made with no oil! Oats, nuts, seeds, and raisins make the perfect easy breakfast.
We really, and I mean really, love granola around here.
But of course, it’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 let’s face it, no one can stop after just a handful of the tasty stuff.
This Applesauce Granola uses applesauce in place of the usual oil which makes it much lower in calorie and it still gets nice and crunchy!
I’ve made granola with applesauce instead of oil in the past but this is by far my favorite version. It’s loaded with nuts (I used walnuts and pecans) and sunflower seeds which makes it not only yummy but also filling. It’s sweet but not too sweet and you can adjust the dried fruit amount to make it even sweeter if it suits you.
How To Make Applesauce Granola
This Applesauce Granola recipe is really simple but it does take awhile. Make it on the weekend when you have extra time so you can enjoy it all week long.
It starts by mixing old fashioned oats, whatever nuts you choose, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
In a saucepan, applesauce gets combined with honey and that gets heated over low heat until the honey is melted. Pur that mixture over the oat mixture and stir to make sure everything is coated. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 45 – 50 minutes. Make sure to stir it every 10 minutes so it doesn’t burn in spots. Stir in the raisins (or dried fruit of choice) after baking to make sure the raisins don’t dry out.
Let it cool completely before storing.
How Long is Homemade Granola Good For?
If you store this Applesauce Granola at room temperature in an airtight container, it should keep for up to a month. Although I don’t think you will have any left after a month!
Can You Freeze Homemade Granola?
Yes, you can freeze homemade granola. Put it in a freezer ziploc bag and squeeze as much air out as possible before putting it in the freezer. Let it thaw on the counter overnight before serving.
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- 2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup nuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ⅓ 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 - 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is a deep brown. Remove from oven and stir in raisins. Cool completely before enjoying.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 664mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 9g