So yes, I am proud to say I am a borderline hippie who loves to make her own granola.
Do you have any funky granola flavor ideas for me to try? I am up for a challenge!
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup honey puff cereal
- 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
- 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 inch ginger root, grated
- 1 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup (a little less than) agave nectar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup dried coconut
- 1 cup raisins
- Place two oven racks on the top and bottom 1/3 of the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 300°.
- Set aside two baking sheets with sides lined with a silpat liner, parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl, combine both oats, honey puffs, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and ginger.
- In a separate bowl, combine the apple sauce, honey, brown sugar, agave, canola oil, vanilla extract and carrots.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Pour the granola on the baking sheets, splitting evenly between the two baking sheets.
- With a silicone spatula (or any other flat tool), push down the granola to make a compact, flat and even layer of granola.
- Place the baking sheets in the oven for 20 minutes (one on the top, one on the bottom).
- While that is in the oven, chop your nuts and combine them in a bowl and set aside.
- With a large spatula flip over the granola, cut the larger clumps in half and add the nuts and coconut to the baking sheet.
- Bake for another 20 minutes stir around and break up any clumps that wouldn’t fit in one bite.
- Bake for a final 20-30 minutes, until completely dry and golden brown.
- Let the granola cool completely on the baking sheets.
- Once cool, add in the raisins
- Store in airtight containers and enjoy!