I love homemade granola! It’s one of my favorite foods. It’s such an easy, affordable, and delicious breakfast. It’s super versatile and can be adapted to include all of your favorite ingredients. I kept this recipe basic to include only the necessities. I love to add more things depending on what I have on hand. Some of my favorite add-ins are: pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, almonds, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and raisins. This granola makes a great breakfast, snack, or even a light dinner.
Healthy Oil Free Basic Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Flour Free):
- 2 cups certified gluten free old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1 Tablespoon ground cardamom or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2/3 cups chopped nuts I used pecans
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl so that the oats are evenly coated.
Pour the granola mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Lightly press down on the granola with the back of a spatula.
Bake for a total of 20-25 minutes (I bake it for 22 minutes).*
At the halfway point, stir the granola and lightly press down on the granola with the back of a spatula.
Once it’s finished cooking, let cool completely before breaking it up.
Add in any additional fruit or chocolate at this point.**
*Keep a close eye on the granola in the last five minutes of baking to make sure it doesn’t burn.
**If you add any chocolate or dried fruit, do so after the baking process once the granola has cooled, this prevents the chocolate from melting and the fruit from burning.