Tuesday, November 5, 2013

'Clean' Homemade Granola

I tweaked this recipe slightly from the one I found on The Gracious Pantry website (which btw, is a FABULOUS resource if you haven't checked it out yet!)... I love adding this to my plain greek yogurt for a delicious snack.

Homemade Granola[Clean Eating]
Makes about 9 cups.

6 cups oats [or mixed grains...our krogers didn't have them]
1 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup flax seed meal
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat oven to 325F.

Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Whisk wet ingredients in a small, separate bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
& mix with a spatula until everything is well coated.
Spread on two lined [foil or parchment paper] cookie sheets
and bake for 45-60 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes.

Mine took right about an hour checking it every 15 minutes.
You want it to be dry and slightly golden.
Let it cool and store in an airtight container.

In the original recipe pecans, flax seed, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg were not called for...but I like to put my own spin on recipes. I would consider this to be a basic recipe, with lots of  room to adapt it to your liking. I want to try adding raisins, cranberries, dried apples, maybe even a pure maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey. So many varieties to try!

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