Have you checked the price of granola at the grocery store lately? Ridiculous!
Most recipes use either an oil or a sugar as the binder. When I was growing up, my mom made her own granola using honey as the binder. However, this recipe uses applesauce, a much healthier alternative.
Since I have been canning my own applesauce (with no added sugar or flavorings) for a few years now, this is not only a healthy recipe but a very cost-effective one for my family. I use quick oats (because that’s what I always have on hand) and whatever combination of nuts and seeds I have on hand (which usually coordinates with what went on sale at the grocery store). Usually 4x the recipe will last me a month or so.
I hope you enjoy this granola as much as I do!
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 300F.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce with the honey and oil over low heat.
- Mix the applesauce mixture into the oat mixture and stir to coat everything. Spread the mixture onto a 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Bake for 45- 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is a deep brown. Remove from oven and stir in raisins. Cool completely before enjoying.