Thursday, May 26, 2011

My Crunchy Granola

I finally have a sweet granola recipe of my own! This stuff is good because 1. It has tons of nuts (A must for me) 2. It's super cinnamon-y with a hint of apple 3. It's crunchy 4. It doesn't have to be "cooked" in a dehydrator... you bake it in the oven!! I didn't think granola was possible without a dehydrator for a long time. But now my possibilities are endless!

Send me your favorite granola recipe! I want to try some more kinds and I want to know what everyone makes for their granola. :)

Crunchy granola :)

  • 3 heaping C Rolled Oats (Old fashion)
  • 1 C Chopped Nuts (sliced, slivered, and chopped almonds and walnuts)
  • 1/2 C dried fruit
  • 2 heaping T ground flax
  • 2 heaping T milled wheat germ

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

  • ¾ C Applesauce
  • ½ C Honey or Agave
  • 1 T Butter
  • 2 t Vanilla extract
  • 2 T Brown Sugar
  • 2 T Cinnamon
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1-2 T Orange or Lemon zest (optional, but your taste buds will say thank you if you do!)
  • a dash of nutmeg

Mix the wet ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until butter is melted. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. It will be kind of "wet". Spread over a baking sheet and bake at 275 or something for 50 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes. Don’t overcook!!! Store in an airtight container/put in the freezer. When you eat it, sprinkle a good healthy tablespoon of toasted coconut on top and PLEASE use silk milk… it really enhances the cinnamon flavor!

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