Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shonna's Granola

I have been craving homemade granola for a long time. I found a recipe and ended up tweaking it quite a bit. I make this once a week (because that's what fits into my container). I love to eat it like cereal with milk or with yogurt. Enjoy!

6 cups regular oats
1 TBSP + 1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. chopped nuts (your choice, I used mixed nuts)
1 c. raisins
1 c. coconut

1 1/3 c applesauce, unsweetened
1/2 c. honey
2 tsp. vanilla
2 TB olive oil

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or nonstick cooking spray) and preheat oven 325.

Mix dry ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl except raisins. Put honey in medium sized microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds to liquify. Add applesauce and vanilla to warm honey and stir well. Add wet ingredients to the large bowl and stir until all dry ingredients are coated.

Pour mixture onto 2 baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake for 15 minutes; stir. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes and check again. Replace if edges haven't turned brown yet, checking every few minutes. Once edges turn golden brown, it's done. Granola firms (gets crunchy) upon cooling. Add raisins and mix well. Allow to cool on baking sheet then pour into airtight container for storage.

(This recipe is roughly derived from this recipe on Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body blog)

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