A few months ago, Gabe and I discovered our love for granola. This was around the same time we started making our own bread and we felt empowered to give homemade granola a go. We started with a basic recipe but have pretty much changed it totally so I’m gonna say this is our very own, customized, if you will, granola recipe.
3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup agave
1/2 Cup applesauce (homemade in our case)
2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 Cup sunflower (or pumpkin) seeds
1/3 Cup chia seeds
1/2 Cup almonds
1/4 Cup walnuts or pecans
1.5 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine and toss the dry ingredients, including spices, together in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients making sure that the agave is thoroughly mixed with the applesauce. Pour the applesauce mixture into the dry ingredients both. Fold/toss/mix until the oats are coated.
Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray. Dump the granola onto the pan and spread out with a spatula or your hands if you don’t mind getting dirty. Place pan into the oven. Check the granola every 15 minutes until it is light golden brown. It usually takes ~45 minutes.
Note: you can put ANYTHING you wish in this granola. Pumpkin seeds, flax seed, craisins, coconut flakes, or peanuts are all great options. We have done several variations but what I’ve listed above is what we have on hand most of the time. Now that fall is approaching and pumpkins are available we will likely add those in addition to sunflower. It’s really whatever tickles your fancy.
We typically eat a scoop or two of this granola in plain yogurt. Sometimes we stir in a little bit of honey, however it is sweet enough without anything added. I find that granola+yogurt=a hearty breakfast that lasts a few hours. 🙂
Go forth and be granola!