Have you ever read the ingredient list of some granola products out there? I’ve seen some pretty good packaged options, but many are full of not only additives, but excess sugar and oil, too. I’m okay with a little oil and sugar, but dad’s recently thrown a kink in his new vegan diet – he’s avoiding oil, as well. When I was home for the holidays, I decided to whip up a new granola recipe just for him, so that presented a new challenge. The granola dad had been eating was pretty decent, but I think homemade is always better. Since I had plenty of free time, I experimented and came up with this tasty fruit and nut granola.
Thanks to the mix of dried fruits, this bowl of granola was vibrant and colorful.
Here’s the granola sans fruit.
Dad’s a fan of variety, so I put a couple different kinds of nuts and seeds in this mix based on what my parents had at their house. You could easily swap out your favorites…same with the dried fruits.
- 2 Cups rolled old fashioned oats (quick cooking oats can be used, too)
- 1 cup sliced almonds (or nut of choice)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- ½ cup (or one individual) applesauce
- ¼ cup maple syrup, plus additional sweetener (honey or maple syrup), if needed
- 1 cup dried dates, chopped
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or use aluminum foil and brushed lightly with oil).
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients oats, almonds, and salt and stir to mix well.
- In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients apple sauce, maple syrup, and additional sweetener (if using), and stir with a whisk to mix well.
- Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until wet mixture is evenly distributed.
- Pour granola mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread to an even layer.
- Bake, stirring every 15 minutes for 45-60 minutes, or until granola is browned to preference. Remove from oven and stir in dried fruit.
- Set aside to cool to room temperature. Serve with yogurt or milk.
- Store in an airtight container.
Feel free to sub out your favorite fruits and nuts to customize this recipe to your taste.
A big batch of granola would be great to whip up on a Sunday afternoon for the week ahead. I actually did a ton of food prep today for Eat in Month whilst listening to the Tori Amos station on Pandora. I was happily cooking and baking away, singing to some beautiful music, and enjoying the moment. It was simple, but lovely.
Did anyone watch the US Nationals last night? Seeing all the beautiful skating really made me miss my skating days. So much so, that I decided to go ice skating today shortly after lunch. I’m still able to do some spins but very few jumps. Part of me really wants to go back to skating once or twice a week, but it would be so difficult to fit into my already hectic schedule. Maybe one day? (Click here to view some older videos of me skating a couple years ago)
Have a great week, everyone!