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Healthy Granola

 

Opt for sugar-free and natural cereals instead of
those packed with additives, artificial sweetners and
overloaded with sugars. Kid approved! 
And great also as a snack.

– Jacklyn Fernandez

 

Ingredients

 

  • 6 cups rolled oats (Gluten free use Bob’s Red Mill Oats)

  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds 

  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

  • 2 cups nuts chopped (or can use food processor to grind up) or can leave whole or buy pieces

  • raw almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans

  • pinch of fine sea salt (about 1/8 tsp)

  • 1 cup dried fruit 

  • unsweetened raisins, dates, gogi berries or dried apricots 

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • ½ cup coconut oil melted

  • ½ cup pure honey and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

 

Instructions

Preheat oven 250° F (really quite low).  Mix oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts and salt together in a medium sized mixing bowl. 

 

Measure dried fruit, but set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, stir together coconut oil, honey and applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla extract. 

 

Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients stirring with a large wooden spoon. 

 

Line 2 large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and transfer mixture in a layer (about ½ inch).  Ensure mixture is in a thick enough layer otherwise it may burn. 

 

Bake 10-15 minutes until top is slightly browned.  Mix and stir around and bake 10-15 more minutes. 

 

Mix and stir around again and bake for the last 5-10 more minutes until browned or until cooked to your liking. 

 

Put back into large bowl and mix in dried fruit. 

Cool and store in container.  Enjoy!

 

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