Granola!

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I love granola bars. They’re a great on the go snack, and I have the ones with chocolate in them for dessert! The only thing I don’t like about them is that I can’t control what’s inside them, so I made them at home! I know a lot of people who do, and they’ve sworn you never go back to store bought ones, and I can testify that it’s true! You can toss in anything you like. And when you make them at home, you can control the calories, and you won’t be dealing with unhealthy preservatives and chemicals. I’m going to show you guys the basic ingredients, then you can add on any flavor you want, in the form of an essence, whole, or paste.

The ones I made today have cocoa powder in them, but if you don’t add the cocoa, it’ll taste like apple pie! If you want these to turn out like those chewy bars you get in stores, add more honey or corn syrup. That’ll help the ingredients stick together and they’ll cut nicely, but if you want to keep the granola crunchy and bite size, stick to the amounts written below!

Here’s what you’ll need for a 9×13 dish.

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1 1/2 cups oats

1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts(or any other nuts)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 cup apple sauce

1/2 cup honey

1/4-1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup brown sugar (add more if you want it to be sweeter)

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Preheat your oven to 180 C. In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients. And just to remind you, if you want the granola to have a fruity flavor don’t add the cocoa powder! Add the apple sauce and honey and mix till everything seems evenly distributed. The mix will be crumbly, but the brown sugar will caramelize while baking and help everything stick together.

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Once everything’s mixed press it into a 9×13 dish that’s lined with baking baking. If you want thicker bars, use a 9×9 dish. Bake for about 20 minutes, but check after 15. You might have to bake them longer, depending on your oven. Let them cool completely before cutting them up. Store the granola in an air tight jar. You can use this as cereal, in breakfast muffins, topping for ice cream, in parfaits, or just on it’s own as a snack!

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