Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

I love making my own granola. It is delicious, and can be eaten as a snack, with yogurt, or as a cereal with berries. I used to eat it mixed into Activia, but we gave up dairy over a year ago, so now I eat it as a cereal with almond milk. I toss in a few blueberries when they’re in season.

I enjoy making my own because I like to know what’s in our food. We’ve recently gone gluten-free, and surprise! This recipe was already gluten-free. Now it’s almost sugar-free. I didn’t have to do a thing. If kept tightly sealed, this granola will keep in your pantry for weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 4  cups rolled oats or “old fashioned” oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons stevia
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place the dry ingredients in a large baking dish or broiler pan (I leave out the cranberries, as dried fruit is high in sugar.)
  3. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Add apple juice, and stir well.
  5. Add honey, and stir well.
  6. Bake at 350 F. for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring every 10 – 15 minutes, taking care to scrape the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking.
  7. Allow to cool in the baking dish. Mixture will be soft and moist before completely cooled, so be sure it is completely dry before putting it into your storage container.
  8. Store in tightly covered containers.

 

You noticed I left out the dried cranberries, right?

Don’t get me wrong. I love dried cranberries, but they, as do all dried fruits, have a high percentage of sugar. So, because we are trying to reduce our sugar consumption, I omitted the cranberries, and replaced the turbinado sugar with stevia.