EASY FRUIT & NUT GRANOLA

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I shared on Monday that I made a new granola recipe for my father-in-law’s birthday. My family has a bit of a thing for cereal and granola. I’m a sucker for all the different kinds of granola in the bulk section at Sprouts and Smiths. Somehow it always finds a way into my cart. What can I say? I love granola! My husband would eat it like bowls of cereal if I’d let him. The same with my father-in-law. So when it came time for his birthday I knew just what to make him (and us).

I wanted to make him some granola but had to figure out a way to create little oat clusters without using any fat. For the health of his heart he is on a diet that allows no fat whatsoever. He is the most fit man I know but somehow those genetics still got the best of him and he had a heart attack a year ago. The only thing the doctors could recommend he add to his active lifestyle was this extreme vegan-no-fat diet. It makes the things he can eat pretty limited.

I came across this recipe from Diana at The Chic Life. Using her recipe as a base I created a fat-free granola recipe that he could eat. He can’t have the nuts and seeds, but I added those to what I made for us and it is delicious! Give this super easy, super good, granola recipe a try and I know you won’t be disappointed.

I believe that if you are going to the effort of making granola, that you should make it in large enough quantities to enjoy and eat for a week or two. So this recipe makes a large 15 cup batch of yummy granola! Big enough my husband can eat it without being put on rations.   

Yield:  15 cups

Time: 10 minutes prep, 45-60 minutes baking

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 c oats ( I did 4 c Instant Oats & 4 c Rolled Oats)
  • 2 c Rice Crispy Cereal
  • 2 c Kashi cereal
  • 1 c chopped nuts
  • 1/4 c sunflower seeds (or other seed varieties)
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 3 c apple sauce
  • 3/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 2 c mixed dried fruits (craisins, bananas, mango, pineapple, blueberries, etc.)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Step 1

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or foil.

Mix oats, cereals, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl. Add cinnamon and salt. Stir until combined. In a seperate bowl combine applesauce, maple syrup, and honey. Pour the liquid ingredients over the oat mixture. Mix until combined.

  • Step 2

Pour oat mixture in a thin 1/2″- 1″ layer over lined cookie sheets. Bake 45-60 minutes or until lightly browned and moisture has cooked out of the oat mixture. Stir granola every 20 minutes while baking. Remove pan from oven, allow granola to cool. Add dried fruit to granola and stir until combined.

*Note: Allow granola to cool for several hours before storing in an airtight container. 

Enjoy,

Larisa

Larisa

Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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