Granola

Okay, I love granola, but let's be real, most of the time it's like candy--super sweet and not good for you. So here is my attempt to make a less sugar-filled granola with all kinds of healthy seeds and nuts. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with tons of healthy stuff. I won't go into it all, but just Google it, as well as flaxseeds. Feel free to add more dried fruit of your liking or additional nuts and seeds. You can't go too wrong here.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: About 4 cups
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Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup pepitas (raw hulless pumpkin seeds)

3/4 cup sliced almonds

1 cup chopped pecans

3 tablespoons flaxseeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

5 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped dried apricot

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans, flaxseeds, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Give it a stir to evenly combine.
  3. Put the honey in a small bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds so that it thins out a little. Add the applesauce, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Add the honey mixture to the dry granola mixture and stir well to combine.
  4. Spread the granola over the prepared baking sheets and bake for about 1 hour, turning and stirring granola around on the pans every 15 minutes. The baking time may vary a bit, but granola should be a nice dark golden brown when it's ready. "Slow and low" is our granola-baking mantra. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool, then stir in the dried apricots.
  5. Enjoy the granola on its own, with your own homemade yogurt, or however you like. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Cook’s Note

I use sweetened shredded coconut, but you don't have to. If you add additional dried fruit, stick to 1/4 to 1/2 cup of each and add it at the end. I love cranberries, banana chips, and cherries. Yogurt Parfait: With your favorite fresh fruits, homemade yogurt, and granola, build the easiest, yummiest grab-and-go parfait. Start by placing fresh fruit on the bottom of a jar, top with yogurt, add more fresh fruit, and then top with granola. It is important not to place the granola directly on the yogurt, or it will become super soggy. You can even wrap the granola in plastic and tuck it into the jar on the very top, then just dump it into the fruit and yogurt when you're ready to eat--this keeps the granola super crunchy. I also like to take some twine and tie a spoon around my jar so it truly is ready to eat on the go.

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