Renee’s Basic Granola Recipe

Granola is a staple in my house.  I make it lots of different ways, using this basic recipe as sort of a template.  I’ll share lots of variations with you, but please- have some fun with your granola!  If you don’t like something or don’t have it on hand, substitute it out with something similar.  For instance- instead of applesauce you could use pumpkin puree or a mashed banana.  You can adjust the seasonings to your taste, and add or omit any of the nuts and dried fruits you want, too!  It’s super easy- you can’t mess it up!  It’s delicious by itself- I keep a jar on my desk at work for a quick snack.  I also love it for breakfast with almond milk and banana slices.  Enjoy!

Ingredients*

·    3 cups whole oats
·    1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
·    1/2 cup maple syrup
·    1 cup ground flax seeds
·    1 cup sliced almonds
·    1 tablespoon vanilla
·    1 teaspoon sea salt
·    2 teaspoons cinnamon
·    chia seeds
·    pecan pieces
·    dried cranberries

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 250* and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.  Combine wet ingredients, salt, and cinnamon.  Add dry ingredients, mixing well.  Spread onto prepared pan.  Sprinkle with chia seeds and pecan pieces.  Bake approximately 1 hour, stirring after about 30 minutes.  When granola is golden brown, remove from oven.  Sprinkle with cranberries- or any dried fruit.  Cool completely.  Store in air tight container.

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