Homemade Granola

Granola sweetened with apple sauce

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It’s hard to find a low sugar granola so I decided to try and experiment and cook my own based on various recipes.  This recipe uses no refined sugars.

This recipe is actually 1/4 batch of original recipe that it was based on.  It makes about 1 quart size mason jar worth of granola.  This way I make it more often and it is fresher and crisper.  Feel free to double or 4X the recipe.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Total cooking time:  About 1 hour

  • 1 3/4 cup organic oats – I bought the organic oats in bulk for about $1.50/lb.  Can be cheaper if not organic.
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/8 cup  shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce – I used apple sauce that I made my from apples  from the farm stand!
  • 1 tbs honey – from my local bees!
  • 1 tbs real maple syrup

Directions: Set your oven to 275.  Mix dry ingredients together in bowl and wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Add wet and dry ingredients together and blend.

Place the granola 1/2 inch thick on large cooking sheets with small sides on parchment paper so they don’t stick.     Mix and turn over the granola with spatula about every 15 minutes for 45-60 minutes.  It should be very crispy and dry but not burnt.  Do a taste test when you mix and turn.  Place into an air tight mason jar or container.  Makes about 1 quart of granola.

I tend to like my granola crunchy and crisp.  You need to do some simple taste tests to verify the granola has crisped up enough at the end and not chewy.