Welcome new followers! I cannot believe I have over 90! Woohoo! I'm hoping to make it around to your blogs soon, if you have one, but I'm just having a hard time keeping up with it all this week! Hopefully I'll be back on track soon. :)
So, without further ado, I bring you a delicious and healthy recipe for homemade granola. I've had this in my recipe box for a long time and I have no idea where the original recipe came from. I wish I could take credit for it because it is really good. It is super easy to make and will stay good up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. Plus, it will save you mucho dinero making it yourself instead of buying granola from the store.
Makes about 5 cups of granola (serving size is 1/2C)
* 1/3C unsweetened apple sauce
* 2C old-fashioned oats
* 1/2C chopped almonds
* 1/4C ground flaxseed
* 2/3C nut-like cereal (I just realized I forgot this in the picture..oops!)
* 2/3C dried cherries (you can use any dried fruit that you prefer, but I think cherries and almond extract go really well together)
* 1/2C green pumpkin seeds (toasted pepitas)
* 1/2tsp. cinnamon
* 1/4tsp. almond extract
* 1/8tsp. salt
1. Combine all ingredients except sugar and cider in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
2. In a large nonstick skillet, combine the sugar and cider. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes, until sugar is dissolved.
3. Stir in all of the other ingredients and cook 5 more minutes, stirring frequently, until granola is lightly browned. I love this step because it smells so good while it's cooking! Yum!
**Note: My father-in-law gave me the coolest thing! It's called a Silpat and you can use it in place of parchment paper for all your baking/cooking. It is nonstick and cleans up really easily. You can see it in the picture underneath the granola. The best part is that I don't have to buy parchment paper because I can just reuse the Silpat over and over again! (Another way to be "green") :)
6. Break it apart into pieces and store in an airtight container.
8. Eat as cereal with milk, mixed with yogurt, as a snack, or eat it right off the cookie sheet! This stuff is soooo good! :)