Homemade Granola

IMG_1764This past week I wanted to make some home made granola, in order to make some home made granola bars :) I was very pleased with how the granola came out! So I thought Id share how I did it :)


2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/3 cup raisins (optional)


Preheat oven to 300.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

Then set that aside…

In a small saucepan, warm up the applesauce with honey and oil over low heat.

Mix the applesauce/honey/oil mixture into the oat mixture, stir well. Spread the mixture onto a 9 x 13 baking pan.

Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is a deep brown. Remove and stir in raisins. Cool completely before enjoying.


– Recipe adapted from Fake Ginger
(She added some nuts and sesame seeds in hers. Next time I make ours, I will put a few nuts.)

6 Comments on “Homemade Granola

  1. Your recipe seems really heavy on the oats, but then again you didn’t put any nuts in it. I usually only use 1/2 cup of oats, but then I add 1/2 cup each of almonds, walnuts, pecans, wheat germ, and cashews. I also use maple syrup instead of honey. I don’t add the raisins until just before eating (they seem to dry out if I add them right away).

  2. Very cool!!

    I used to make granola ALL the time before kids. But I had trouble finding recipes that didn’t include dried milk!! We’ll definitely be making this … especially since I have some big granola eaters in my house;)

  3. Ok, I will be trying and maybe adding some nuts as one of the readers has suggested. My question since I am trying to eat healthier now ;) Do you make your own as less expensive to buy or because you know the ingredients going in it or both? Just wondering as I have noticed granola can be fairly expensive store bought. Thanks for sharing.

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