Granola to me a comfort food. I love all the options I find every time I go to Trader Joe’s, but when you read the ingredients it can be slightly terrifying. This is one of the many reason I have chosen over time to start making my own stuff, like granola and yogurt and what not. I still get to eat the comfort food I crave but with out all the ingredients I don’t want in my food (and some that I have become allergic to as I get older).
This is my version of homemade granola. I like mine full of fruits and nuts! The more the merrier! This recipe does make a lot, but it also freezes. Feel free to change it to make it your own and use your favorite ingredients. That’s one the best parts of making your food from scratch, experimenting!
3C Oats (I use certified gluten free)
3C Raw nuts (any combination you like. Mine includes almonds, pecans, walnuts, and cashews)
2C Dried fruit (any combination you like. Mine includes raisins, cranberries, cherries, and apricots)
1/2C Sunflower seeds
1/4C Chia sees
1/4C Whole Flax Seeds
1/4C Honey (or agave)
1/4C Coconut Oil
1/2C Applesauce (unsweetened)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine all oats, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl.
3. In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat combine honey, coconut oil and vanilla until completely melted and heated through.
4. Pour honey and coconut oil over oat mixture, and stir to evenly combine.
5. Spread on to the lined cookie sheets. Bake for 25 minutes. Remember to stir your granola around 12 minutes.
6. Once golden brown remove from the oven, pour back into large bowl, now mix in dried fruit and let cool.
7. Enjoy and store in an airtight container!