Homemade Applesauce Granola

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As you may have noticed from my steel cut oatmeal post, I’ve been trying to find some alternative breakfast items to break out of my mundane cereal routine. I came across this recipe and thought it would be great to try my hand at making my own granola.  This was so easy and used items I mostly keep on hand which was great! You could put this atop of yogurt, smoothies, or like I’ll share with you next week, make your own granola bars with it. If you are just using this for a topping, I would maybe add a little more honey for a sweeter taste, but if using in granola bars I would keep it as is.

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Homemade Applesauce Granola
Source: Finding Joy in My Kitchen, originally Fake Ginger and Dave Lebovitz

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
4 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a medium sized pot, add the applesauce, brown sugar, honey, olive oil, and salt.  Stir together and heat for just a minute or two until mixture is warm.  Remove from heat and stir in the oats and cinnamon, ensuring the mixture is fully incorporated.

Spread oat mixture evenly onto a 9 x 13 baking sheet.  Bake for 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

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    Comments

    1. Does this make for a chewy granola or a crunchy granola? Would I be able to cut this into bars or is it just a crumble style? My family loves granola but likes it a bit on the chewy side.

    2. This looks really good. I will be pinning it .

    3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this. I buy granola all the time. My 3 yr olds favorite breakfast is yogurt with “crunchy” on top :) It’s super healthy and its fun to vary the flavor of yogurts. Totally will be trying this. I have everything in my pantry or freezer :)

    4. I need to try making my own granola and this sounds delicious with the applesauce added in. It also seems really easy to make–which I always like!
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    5. This is definitely something I need in the morning! I’m excited to see your granola bars too; my current recipe has been getting boring lately… I think it’s time for something new :)
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    6. Oh, how I love granola! I have a bowl every single morning for breakfast!! This looks delicious, I need to try it, I love trying new flavours :)
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    7. Michelle says:

      How many 1/4 cup servings would this make?

    8. This looks delicious – I found this from your yummy looking s’mores granola bars. My husband refuses to eat cooked fruit but maybe if I made this and s’mores granola bars out of it, then he would eat it. How long do you think the granola by itself will last in a air tight container? Trying to transition my family into healthier eating habits but I think it might take a bit :D

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