I’m officially OBSESSED with granola.
I tested this recipe and tweaked it about four times- meaning A.) I am super excited to share it with you because I think it’s Fab and B.) I had a LOT of granola in my house, and I couldn’t have loved it more. Bonus: My house smelled like heaven the entire time.
One of the reasons that I love granola is because you can literally throw it on top of almost anything- yogurt, smoothies, toast, a spoon, you name it.
I prefer to make my own VS buy it. It’s super simple to make and pretty darn cheap. Also, you can really tailor it exactly how you want- i.e. less sugar, various mix-ins, different flavors, and so on.
Nutritionally, it’s a great way to add some fiber, which helps to keep you full. For this recipe I added some chia & flax seed, both great sources of healthy fats, protein, more fiber, and add a nutty flavor. Applesauce takes the place of oil, making it lighter in calories- also makes for GIANT clusters!
Chia & Flax Seed Granola
Yield: 4 cups
- 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp flax seed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly spray 2, 13 x 9 baking pans with non-stick spray, set aside*
- Combine all dry ingredients, mixing well to be sure to break up all brown sugar
- Next, add in wet ingredients, fold until evenly coated
- Spread mixture onto prepared pans, pressing into one solid block spreading across the entire bottom of the pans
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and break up the mixture to create clusters of desired size
- Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown
- Allow to cool fully before storing in an airtight container
Nutrition Information Per 1/3 cup: 131 calories, 0.7g fat, 25.8g carb, 2.9g protein
You can totally add in some coconut, chocolate chips, raisins, or nuts to make this version taste like a whole different recipe. That’s what is so great about granola- you can really get creative!!!
What are your favorite things to include in granola? Try adding them to this basic recipe and let me know how it goes!!