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
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
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.