Homemade Power Granola

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Granola is an incredibly healthy breakfast or snack. You can enjoy it with milk, fruit, yogurt or even ice cream! A few years ago, Craig and I got on a homemade granola kick – we came up with all kinds of fun recipes, including pina colada granola, which I may make this weekend for you. Granola combines some of my favorite things, whole grains with crunchy nuts and dried fruit. I love the endless combinations and possibilities you can concoct with these simple ingredients. It just so happens that these ingredients are also super healthy, packing in a bunch of healthy fiber and filling protein.

Seeds and nuts are key to healthy eating. In addition to keeping you full, these tasty treats are versatile and can be thrown in pretty much anything. Right now I’m enjoying leftover pumpkin and sunflower seeds on my salads and they are so great. Here is a quick rundown of the vitamins and minerals packed in this version:

  • Almonds: packed with brain boosting L-carnitine, phosphorus and riboflavin, these nuts lower the risk of Alzheimer’s. 
  • Walnuts: filled with antixoidants, walnuts help to lower cancer risk and are filled with omega-3′s, manganese, and copper.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: chock full of magnesium, phosphorus and iron, they also cram in a bunch of vitamin K, copper and zinc.
  • Flax Seeds: rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, zinc, iron, calcium ad vitamin E.
  • Sunflower Seeds: excellent source of vitamins E and B1
  • Chia Seeds: with 42% of your recommended daily fiber in each serving, these are filled with omega-3s and 6s.

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This recipe is super easy. When making homemade granola, the binding usually comes from the addition of oil and sweetener to the oat/nut mixture. Here, I cut way back on both by substituting unsweetened apple sauce. It helps to create that tasty sticky sweetness without a ton of added calories. I flavored this mixture with vanilla extract, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. It was just sweet enough with a hint of spice. As an optional addition, I added chopped, dried unsweetened cranberries, but you could use raisins or dates as well.

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Homemade Power Granola
 
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Serves: 16

Ingredients
  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup oat bran
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseeds
  • ¼ cup honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • optional: 1 cup chopped dried cranberries or raisins

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts and seeds, toss to combine
  3. In a small saucepan, add honey/agave, apple sauce, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until thickened
  5. Drizzle wet ingredients over the oat/nut mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until totally coated. This will take a bit of effort to get everything mixed
  6. Spread mixture in a thin layer on parchment paper, this recipe will make two large cookie sheets worth
  7. Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes until the oats are golden brown
  8. Add optional cranberries or raisins

 

 

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19 Responses to Homemade Power Granola

  1. Kim Bee February 27, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    I love homemade granola. I can’t stop eating it when it comes out of the oven. It’s so good warm. This one is gorgeous.

  2. CCU February 27, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    What a perfect breakfast granola and delicious morning start :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Anne February 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    I usually steer clear of granola due to all of the added sugar. This is so wonderful that you’ve made an alternative!

  4. Jenn and Seth February 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    it has been way too long since i’ve made granola! this looks so super delicious, i need to try!! i love that you packed soooo many amazing flavors into this!

  5. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) February 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Homemade granola is so much fun to make, and the possibilities are endless on how to eat it! This looks great :)

  6. yummychunklet February 28, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Great and healthy looking granola!

  7. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 28, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    Oh yum, this looks so good!!! I love granola – I’ve been meaning to make a batch for awhile now. Your ingredients sound fantastic, and I love that you highlighted the vitamins and minerals.

  8. Angie@Angie's Recipes February 28, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    I love homemade granola. Actually that’s the only granola I will eat. Yours looks fantastic!

  9. Nami | Just One Cookbook February 28, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    This year I really need to start making homemade granola! My kids finally start to enjoy granola and I think it’s fun for us to figure out what combination we enjoy. I just need to get all the ingredients ready (which I’ve been very lazy about). This looks so delicious! I like the idea of adding chia seeds in here!

  10. Soni February 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Love homemade granola and yours looks like the perfect snack for anytime :) Delicious!

  11. Anne@FromMySweetHeart March 1, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    Dara…I love the healthy properties of granola and usually eat it several times a week with my yogurt for breakfast. But I’m embarrassed to tell you….I’ve never made home made! I can’t believe it! But you’ve inspired me…..this stuff looks addicting! : )

    • Dara March 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Aww thanks Anne! Homemade is so easy you will love it.

  12. Liz March 1, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    Unsweetened applesauce? What a great idea! There were no cookies in my freezer after dinner so I had to resort to eating frozen granola….and I went back for seconds :) I think I need to make a fresh, healthier batch :)

    • Dara March 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Liz I am shocked you have a cookie-less freezer – who eats all those amazing treats you bake every day?

  13. mjskit March 4, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Power granola is right! Looks at all those nuts! I would definitely add the cranberries because I love them and their texture with all of the crunchy ingredients in granola. This looks very tasty!

  14. Carole March 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about breakfast dishes. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . Please do check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Cheers

  15. Alexis @ Hummusapien March 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    This looks divine! I love that it’s packed with such fabulous ingredients and stored in a mason jar :)

    • Dara March 24, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      Thanks Alexis

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