Mmmmm Granola

I had such a productive day today.  I went out for my long slow run this morning. Actually I should say this afternoon.  It was right around high noon and it was mighty hot out.  Needless to say I ran 11 of the 12K I had planned today.  At least I got it done and I will never wait so late to go in the morning on a hot day again.

I planned to have a day of cooking. I was preparing dinner (Shepherd’s Pie) and was also going to make granola, rice krispie squares and breakfast burritos for the week.  I then got side tracked purging our closets so only made dinner and granola.  The granola was a good choice!  I tend to stay away from granola because it is so high calorie for such a small portion but I came across a recipes in a magazine (Better Homes and Gardens Breakfast & Brunch) that looked good with a reasonable calorie count.  I modified the recipe to omit/change a few things and the result was, delicious!!  Seriously I had this granola with some vanilla yogurt, so so good.  In fact I am pretty sure I will make this regularly as it is a nice healthy snack to enjoy.  I told my husband this granola was so good that I would put it on my blog so here it is.

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1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 teaspoon sea salt

3 cups regular rolled oats (I used large flake oats)

1 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raisins

3/4 Craisins

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

How you make it:

Preheat oven to 350. In a small pot combine applesauce, brown sugar, butter, honey, vanilla and salt.  Cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.

In an extra large bowl combine oats, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, raisins, craisins and cinnamon. Mix it up then drizzle with the applesauce mixture.  Stir to coat.  Transfer mixture to a cookie sheet or shallow roasting pan.

Bake for 45 minutes stirring twice.  Let cool and store in an airtight container.

Makes 16 (1/2 cup) servings.

Per serving: 233 cals, 29g carbs, 11g fat, 7g protein, 4g fiber



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