Granola may be too good for its own good. It’s humble and earnest, and hasn’t got a speck of glamour about it. It’s the butt of many a hippy joke and is more often than not associated with all the flavor crimes committed by old-school “health food.”
But, if you don’t include granola in your breakfast routine, or haven’t in a while, would you consider giving it a shot? Because you can make it, it’s very simple – and homemade granola is remarkably delicious! You can add special ingredients that you love for custom blends, and you can dress it up as fancy as you like. Not to mention that homemade granola is less expensive and more salubrious than most of its commercial cousins on the supermarket shelf.In this recipe the flavor highlights come sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hazelnuts, and dried cherries – but you can mix that up to your heart’s content. Flaxseeds, pistachios, almonds and whatever dried fruit you love or have on hand would all make a dashing contribution to the mix. As you wish…
- 4.5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cups white sesame seeds
- 3/4 cups apple sauce
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey (or agave syrup for vegans)
- 3/4 cup organic light brown sugar (or Sucanat)
- 1 cup hazelnuts
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 2 cups dried cherries (a mix of Bing and tart is nice)
1. Preheat oven to 325F. In a large mixing bowl, mix everything together except the cherries.
2. Spread the mixture out on two large baking sheets and place in oven.
3. Several times during baking, use a spatula to stir the mix around to ensure even baking.
4. Bake until granola is evenly golden–anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes, depending on your oven.
5. Let cool, stir in cherries, and store in airtight bags or containers.
Makes approximately 10 cups. (Feel free to halve the recipe.)