All Things New – A Simple Recipe

Today was a first for me. The first time to make one of my favorite snacks – granola. And, surprise! It actually turned out great!

Now, I know this might not seem like a big deal to some. Many of you have probably already made the discovery. But me? Well, let’s just say I’m always a little late to the party.

I have been in search of a healthy granola recipe for a while now. In keeping with my desire to make better food choices, I figured the best way to make sure I’m not eating too much junk is to make the “de-junked” version in my own kitchen.

The following recipe is my adaptation of the many different recipes I came across during what I’m calling “The Great Granola Search of 2011”.

Healthy Homemade Granola
Dry Ingredients
2 1/4 Cups Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup Raw Almonds
1/4 Cup Pecans
1/4 Raw Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Cup Ground Flax Seed Meal
Wet Ingredients
1 Individual cup (I think that’s 1/4 C) of Unsweetened Applesauce
1/4 Cup of Agave Nectar
1 Tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Tsp Salt (very important)
Mix wet and dry ingredients thoroughly and spread out on cookie sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper). Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes making sure to turn every 10 minutes during cooking process.
You can add 1/2 Cup (or as much as you like) of dried fruit after granola is cooked and cooled, which I did of course. Keep in airtight container and refrigerate after granola has cooled completely.
There are few things in life that can provide instant gratification and be good for you at the same time. That’s why making an easy and healthy version of this scrumptious snack is my simple pleasure today.  

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16 thoughts on “All Things New – A Simple Recipe

  1. That sounds fantastic – and definitely easy enough (even for someone like me who gets lost between the pantry and the refrigerator). Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love love love granola. I haven’t tried the one using apple sauce but I do use a recipe that uses apple juice instead of the oil. [0= I feel sooooooo much better using the low fat recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe. [0=

    And thank you for stopping by and leaving a sweet note.

    Blessings in Him<><
    -Mary

  3. We love granola here, but I haven’t made or had any in a while because it is such a diet buster. I will definitely try this! I can send some to my older daughter in school, too. She’s looking for a healthier version.

    Thanks!

  4. i have never made granola… so if you are late the the party i haven’t even shown up yet!! sounds great though!! and it would be a great snack at work 🙂

  5. This looks and sound wonderful! Last year my husband and I stayed in a little stone cottage owned by a Mennonite family. They operate it as a ministry to married couples. It was wonderful! Fresh eggs, milk, yogurt. Home-made bread and granola. We loved it! I have been trying different brands from the stores, but nothing compares. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thank you for sharing! And for your encouraging words at my place. Joy blessings always!

  6. I’ve never eaten granola….can you believe it? However, your photo makes it look delicious, especially with the blueberries. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  7. Mmmmmm….what a yummy sounding recipe!! I love granola – the homemade kinds. I have a recipe for granola bars that are simply delicious, not that I’ve made my own yet {see…that’s where I’m late for the party} – I’ve had some that friends have shared.

  8. I think this is the best granola recipe I have found! Thank you so much for sharing such a treat! I am a diabetic, so this treat was not to be eaten due to all the “other” ingredients. But now, you have given me back a cereal I used to enjoy and had to give up because of sugar intolerance!

    Thank you Angel for sharing your simple pleasure. 🙂

    Maria.

  9. Yum! I think what you call granola, we Aussies call toasted muesli. One of my favourite breakfast foods.
    Yours looks delicious and is obviously very healthy!
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us today.
    blessings..Trish

  10. Angel,
    I just love that you searched and researched this granola recipe and then went ahead and made it! That is a wonderful recipe that I am going to have to try. Thanks for a great Simple Pleasure!

    ~Jean

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