Granola is one of my favorite treats! Most of the time, that is unless you buy those tiny prepackaged granola bars that are full of sugar and other junk!!
I have a couple of recipes for granola that I use with the first being the most popular. Feel free to change the ingredients around. Add peanuts and peanut butter but reduce some of the other oils/butters or add chocolate chips – yummmmmm. Drizzle white or dark chocolate over the tops for a cool presentation and extra deliciousness. 🙂
Package these up into pretty little bags for teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, presents for anyone.
Fruity Almond Granola
2 Cups old fashioned oats
1 cup sliced or chopped raw almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup wheat germ or oat bran
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
2/3 cup honey(remember use less for drier granola)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar(found I can do without this)
1 1/2 teaspoons real vanilla
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups dried fruits(I use cranberries and raisins)
Preheat oven to 350o. Butter an 8×12 pan and line with parchment(don’t skip on this) – this is for the second part of baking***
Toss the oatmeal, almonds, coconut and wheat germ together on a sheet pan and bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Reduce oven to 300o
Place the coconut oil, honey, sugar, vanilla and salt in a small pan. Cook until smooth over medium heat. Pour over oatmeal mixture, Add fruit and stir well.
Pour mixture into prepared pan. Wet fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. ***At this point, if you want, you can add some dark chocolate chips over the top and press into mixture, mmmmmmm good!
Bake for 25 minutes until light golden brown. Cool for 2-3 hours. Take the parchment sheet with the granola out onto a cutting board and cut into squares or rectangle bars. ENJOY!!!!
Here is another that is more like a traditional granola for cereal or to munch BUT it is waaayyy healthier with the addition of applesauce.
Apple Cinnamon Granola
Yield: About 5 cups of granola
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
This healthy and nut-free granola is great with yogurt, milk, or by the handful!
3 1/2 cups oats (not quick oats)
1 cup pepitas or sunflower seeds
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup applesauce
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped dried apples or raisins and or shredded coconut
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pepitas, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and salt.
- In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce with the honey, canola oil, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Spread the mixture evenly on a large baking sheet(lined with parchment paper).
- Bake the granola for about 45 minutes, stirring every ten minutes, until the granola is golden brown. Remove from oven, and stir in the dried apples. Let the granola cool completely. Store the granola in a large, airtight container. The granola will keep for up to one month.
***You can toast the oats and coconut(if using) prior to mixing. Raise oven temp to 350o and spread oats and coconut in pan. Toast in oven for 10 minutes. Shake pan every couple minutes to distribute evenly. Then follow recipe.***