3.13.2012

Crunchy Almond Granola

I LOVE granola.

I eat it plain. I eat it on yogurt. I eat it on salad.

But, its kinda expensive. And sometimes higher in calories than I think it should be. For my brunch last weekend, I was searching all around for a great recipe and they all seemed to use a lot of oil  mixed and I wasn't a big fan.

Then I came across this one!

Here is my adaption and I can't stop munching on it.

It makes a ton and it is way cheaper (and better in my opinion) than the store stuff. Plus you can customize it.

Crunchy Almond Granola
Printable Recipe
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar (or real maple syrup)
3/4 cup plain applesauce
1/4 honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cups whole almonds
½ cup slices almonds
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup golden raisins
½ unsweetened coconut flakes

Of course you can change your dried fruit selection and you can sub out almonds for walnuts or pecans. Your choice. I was thinking next time using dried cherries and tossing in some dark chocolate chips when it was all cooled. Mmm...

Any way, here is what ya do:

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, and spices.

  • In separate bowl, whisk together sugar, applesauce, honey and vanilla.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into dry ingredients along with the almonds and stir to combine.
  • Spread on the baking sheet in an even layer.

  • Sprinkle the coconut on top

  • Bake for 30 minutes, then turn over the granola using a spatula.
  • Bake for additional 15 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cool on pan, then break up the granola as desired. Add in dried fruits or chocolate at the end.


  










And enjoy!

Erica

1 comment:

  1. I always stay away from granola because of the extraordinary amounts of fats in it (as you know, I prefer to save my fats for dessert) - but this looks amazing! I'm all over it!

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