Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Homemade Crunchy Granola

Granola. That's right, granola. I know you may be thinking, "Is this really blog acceptable?" The answer is simply, yes. Granola does not just come from the box in the cereal aisle. There are so many variations of granola. After making this first batch, I know it will not be my last. This granola recipe was made with my husband in mind- no fruit, and no coconut. This is a sweet and salty snack that can be munched on all day long or with plain yogurt for a breakfast parfait. Who knew that making granola was such a cinch? Goodbye cereal aisle granola!
Source:David Lebovitz

5 cups of Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
3 cups of Almonds, roughly chopped
1 cup of Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup of Golden Brown Sugar, packed firmly
2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Ginger
1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
3/4 cup of Unsweetened Applesauce
1/3 cup of Corn Syrup
1/4 cup of Honey
2 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil

First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Next, get out a LARGE bowl. You want to have some room to mix the ingredients up! Now, add the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and sea salt.

Next, get out a small saucepan. Warm the applesauce, corn syrup, honey, and oil. Once warmed, pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.

The final step, separate the granola onto two sheets pans. This is very important to use two sheet pans. It helps the granola clump together and get each piece to a golden brown.

Bake the granola for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. If your granola has not reached a deep golden brown color continue the process until it is perfect!

Make sure to let the granola cool before transferring into a container. Enjoy!

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