Easy, Healthy Applesauce Granola

Prep Time 10 min.
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields About 4½ - 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts and/or seeds (we used roasted sunflower kernels, chopped walnuts and sliced almonds)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit of choice (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the oats with the mixed nuts and/or seeds and the ground flax.
  3. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine the applesauce, honey, canola oil, cinnamon and salt. Microwave on 100% power for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds, just so that it is warm and a little thinner.
  4. Pour warm applesauce mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine. Add coconut and stir again to mix through.
  5. Spread granola mixture on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 10 - 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Stir in dried fruit, if desired.
  8. Store in an airtight container for several days.

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Recipe Notes

The recipe calls for 3½ cups oats and ½ cup nuts and/or seeds. If you prefer more nuts for added crunch, simply make adjustments. Your total amount of oats and nuts/seeds should be 4 cups.

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