But once a synonym for ‘healthy’, granola has fallen off of it’s high horse. News segments have pointed out store-bought brands soaring calorie counts, blog posts have railed about excessive amounts of sugar, and countless eyes have skimmed over articles entitled ‘Is Your Granola Really That Healthy?’
And it’s true– most grocery store granolas are full of sugar, calories, and fat.
Mine crunches with quinoa, fruit, raw almonds, and chia & flax seeds. Pomegranate and holiday spices give it a taste of the season, and Splenda, applesauce, and natural molasses give it a healthy sweetness. Gluten free and vegan, it’s great for a variety of diet restrictions. And at only 133 calories a serving, it makes for a perfect breakfast or snack.
- 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cups quinoa (uncooked)
- 3/4 cup raw, unbleached almonds
- 1/2 cup flax seeds
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup dried sour cherries
- 1/3 cup sultana raisins
- 2-3 apples, diced and cored
- Arils of one pomegranate
- 1/3 cup Splenda
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp all spice
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp ginger
- Preheat your oven to 325F/160C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together your oats, quinoa, almonds, raisins, cherries, chia seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, apples, and pomegranate.
- In a separate, smaller bowl, mix together your almond milk, applesauce, Splenda, and molasses.
- Pour your wet mixture over your dry mixture, and thoroughly mix-- you want everything to be coated!
- Spread evenly onto your baking sheets.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes, occasionally stirring.
- Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes on your baking sheets before removing.
- You might notice that this granola is less clumpy than what you'd buy in the store-- that's a GOOD thing! You know what makes those clumps? Sugar. You don't want that.
- If you are Celiac, please make sure your oats are certified gluten free.
This granola keeps exceedingly well– I store mine in a large glass jar.