The Best Granola

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Granola is one of my favorite things to make because there are so many variations and it’s healthy if you leave out the refined sugar and oil. This recipe is a great template and I’ll make substitutions/ additions based on what I’m feeling in the moment (read: pumpkin spice granola in the fall, cherry vanilla granola in the spring). I lighten up traditional granola by using kamut puffs or puffed rice instead of oats and sweeten it with just a little bit of maple syrup. The applesauce also makes it crispy but oil-free! Really truly one of my favorite recipes… try it out and see for yourself!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups kamut puffs or puffed rice
  • 1/3 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 325º and line a  baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the kamut puffs, nuts, and coconut in a big mixing bowl. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt, and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, maple syrup, and the extracts.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir to thoroughly combine.
  5. Spread granola evenly onto the baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to prevent burning.
  6. Remove from oven and stir in dried fruit. Serve with your favorite yogurt, milk, or plain as a delicious snack!

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