Fruity Nutty Citrus Granola

9 Oct

Store-bought granola has been swept up in a health craze phase for quite some time. At first glance, it’s pure gold in the health category. But if you take a look at the ingredients, you’ll see it deviates far from normal, prouncible words (yeah, I just made up “prouncible”). The base of granola is simple: oats, nuts, dried fruit, sweetener, and a bit of fat. And guess what? It’s SUPER easy to make at home! You can add in whatever you like or have on hand, make it to suit your personal tastes, and feel zero guilt about eating the entire batch in only a few days’ time πŸ™‚

Fruity Nutty Citrus Granola

Try this out. It contains 4 kinds of fruit, 4 kinds of nut, just a bit of fat, and is so lightly sweetened that you can actually enjoy all the aforementioned flavors and textures. Oh, and this is far cheaper than buying the store versions! Eat it in a bowl of milk, snack on it plain, or use it as a topping for your favorite yogurt.

Fruity Nutty Citrus Granola

Fruity Nutty Citrus Granola, adapted from Whole Pure Recipes

Makes 6-7 cups of granola

  • 4 C old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 C chopped nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans – whatever you like!)
  • 1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 C flaxseed meal
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbspΒ ground ginger
  • 1 C dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, mango – whatever!)
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 C fresh orange or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp nut butter of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 300. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, coconut, flaxseed, dried fruit and spices.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine applesauce, orange zest, orange juice, oil, nut butter, vanilla, and salt. Cook until it begins to bubble, and remove from heat immediately. OR, you could mix everything in a microwave-safe bowl, and zap for 2 minutes, stir and zap another 2 minutes (if you’re in a pinch!)

Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir well, coating everything.

Spread mixture into an even layer onto baking sheet.

Bake for 55 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool on the sheet, sitting on a cooling rack before transferring to an airtight container. Keep unrefrigerated and eat up! This tastes great over plain Greek yogurt sweetened with honey, in a bowl of milk, or just as a dry afternoon snack.

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