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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Granola Recipe

With New Year's Day behind me, and healthy eating in the future, I was looking online for some healthy snack recipes.  I found several variations of homemade granola recipes, and using those recipes as guidance, I created my own version.  Now I must say, being a cookie dough-eating person, I had to try the "raw" granola, and I especially loved it before it was cooked.

Granola can be used as a quick snack, breakfast cereal or a yogurt topper.  You can even use granola as the topping in a fruit crisp recipe or make a breakfast parfait with fruit, yogurt and granola.

I resisted the urge to add chocolate chips, since I am trying to be good, but thought the cocoa roasted almonds fit the bill perfectly.  Now keep in mind that you can add and subtract ingredients to make this recipe fit your tastes.  Have fun and come up with your own amazing combination of ingredients.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Healthy Granola

5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups cocoa roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
½ cup coconut flakes
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon sea salt

¾ cup applesauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 300F.

1. In a very large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, craisins, pepitas, coconut, sunflower and sesame seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.

2. In a small saucepan, warm the fruit puree with the maple syrup, honey, and oil.

3. Mix the fruit mixture into the dry ingredients until thoroughly dispersed, then divide and spread the mixture evenly on two baking sheets.

4. Bake the granola for about 45 minutes, stirring every ten minutes, until the granola is deep golden brown.

5. Remove from oven, and cool completely.

Store the granola in a large, airtight container. It will keep for up to one month.


  1. Wow I've never heard of applesauce in granola, how interesting! and where can you find cocoa roasted almonds?

  2. The nuts are made by Emerald. I've seen them in the grocery stores in the "on the go" canisters, but I love to get the large container at Sam's Club. They are very addictive - a healthy snack when you are craving something sweet. Here is a link to see what the package looks like.