Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cinnamon Almond Granola

I got a very basic granola recipe from a friend of mine, (thanks Jen!), and I liked it because it was one that used only oats and wheat flour as its base.  When I looked at others they always called for flax, or bran or other grains, which I'm sure are really good for you and great to put in, but I never would have on hand.  I did doctor her recipe up a bit to make it a little more healthy and a little more to my taste.  I may post it at some point to be used as a starting point to play with, but for today, this is what I came up with:

Cinnamon Almond Granola

1 c. honey
1/2 c. applesauce
1/2 c. oil
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 c. wheat flour
8 c. oats
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. almonds 

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.  In a blender, blend together the honey, applesauce, oil, salt, vanilla, almond extract and cinnamon until well combined.  In a large bowl, stir together the wheat flour, oats, brown sugar and almonds.  Slowly pour the blended concoction over the oat mixture and stir it until it is all well coated.  Spread it evenly onto two cookie sheets and bake it at 300 degrees for 40-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  I baked both of mine at the same time, one on the top rack and one on the bottom, and when I took them out to stir, I would switch them.  They both cooked evenly.  Let them cool completely before you store them in an airtight container.


  1. So I'm dying to know how you like it! I never have things on hand either (and they're usually pretty expensive to buy) but I actually have all of these ingredients on hand!

  2. I really like this, Nicole! I gave some to a neighbor, as well, and her hubby said they really liked it, too. I think you'll like it. Make it!

  3. Today, when I made this, I added an egg to the sauce part (in the blender). The original recipe actually calls for an egg, but I didn't have one before. It works both ways, but adding an egg does seem to make it stick together a little more than without it.