Granola done right

I didn’t always love granola, since all I knew was the store bought kind. I used to think it was way too sweet, artificial tasting, or left a funny aftertaste. This healthier homemade granola changed that forever. It’s full of healthy nuts and seeds, it has a good balance of sweet to savory to it, and it actually tastes like food! Careful though, it’s addictive.

Granola

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Will require one large  13″ x 13″ baking sheet and a greased 9”x13” casserole dish.

Dry stuff:
2.5 cups rolled oats
1/3 c. raw almonds
1/4 c. pecans
1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
1 c. puffed rice cereal (or other unsweetened cereal as filler)
1 Tb sesame seeds
1 tsp hemp hearts or flax seeds
Handful of pumpkin seeds (optional)

Wet stuff:
2 Tb earth balance butter
1 Tb apple sauce
1 Tb honey
1 Tb coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash salt

Chunky stuff:
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. dates – chopped into rings
1/4 c. dried cranberries

In a 13” x 13” baking sheet, pre-toast the rolled oats, almonds, pecans and shredded coconut for 15 minutes.

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Pour oat mixture into large mixing bowl. Mix in cereal, sesame seeds and hemp or flax seeds, and dried fruit.

In a sauce pan on low heat, stir earth balance butter and coconut sugar until  slightly reduced. Add apple sauce, honey, vanilla and salt. Pour wet mixture into oat mixture and stir.

Pour into greased 9 x 13 dish, and bake for 20 min at 325 degrees.

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