My Homemade Granola

We all have our favorite combination of fruits, nuts, and mix-ins that make up our favorite granola. So when it comes to any granola recipe, you have to use the flavors, from the wet ingredients to the dry, that compliment you and your tastes.

This is a combination that speaks to me and can be adapted in so many ways. I use mostly whole almonds and a lot of dried fruit. I like my granola slightly sweet and a little salty.

But you can change it up. My boyfriend, Michael, has a sweet tooth, prefers walnuts, and likes his granola crunchy. So for him, I would throw in chocolate chips at the end, substitute walnuts, and add a little extra applesauce for an extra crunch.

Make it yours.

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My Homemade Granola

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup almonds, whole and roughly chopped
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp honey
1/3 cup applesauce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped dried blueberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Prep baking sheet with parchment or light cooling spray.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: oats, nuts, salt, and cinnamon.

In a small saucepan, add the wet ingredients: honey, applesauce, olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Heat on low 2-3 minutes stir until combined.

Pour wet mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Dump mixture onto a baking sheet in an even layer.

Bake 30 minutes until golden, stirring twice in between.

Return baked granola to large bowl and add dried fruit. Toss to combine.

I serve my granola over greek yogurt. For added sweetness, drizzle with honey or extra maple syrup.

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