Homemade Granola

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What is a item that you don’t buy from the grocery store because it’s too expensive? As a food blogger there are a million things that I would like to add to my cart on any given day, but a girl has to hold back and budget sometimes!

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Granola is one of those items I don’t buy. It is so expensive, and its just not something that I can work into my budget, knowing how easy it is to make at home. Its so versatile, you can add whatever nuts, fruits, or other ingredients you want.

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I chose to leave my granola simple here so I could add additional “toppings” to it in the mornning over my yogurt. Dried cranberries, chocolate, dried apricots, banana chips….. really the options are endless!

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Homemade Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbs wheat germ
  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup nuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees. In a large bowl mix the applesauce, extracts, honey, maple syrup and salt. Microwave for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Spread on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes. Watch closely after 40 minutes, the nuts can burn easily. Allow to cool completely, store in a air tight container.
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    Autumn Chex Mix

    autumn chex mix

    Are you a breakfast person? I am not. It takes me a few hours of being awake before my stomach can handle food. I go in phases of what I eat. Sometimes its a smoothie, then a granola bar and cheese stick. Right now I am into apples and Chex mix. Crunchy and sweet is working for me right now.

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    This Autumn Chex mix is perfect for snacking. Its crunchy, sweet, salty, and spiced with pumpkin pie spice that makes it perfect for fall. Feel free to switch up the cereal, nuts and fruit with your favorites!

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    Autumn Chex Mix

    Ingredients

    • 4 Cups Chex cereal (I used rice Chex)
    • 2 Cups Oatmeal Squares cereal (I used Cinnamon flavor)
    • 2 Cups pretzels
    • 2 Cups dried cranberries
    • 2 Cups nuts (I used 1 cup salted cashews, 1 cup salted peanuts)
    • 1/2 Cup butter
    • 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 Cup maple syrup
    • 2 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

    Instructions

  • In a 5 to 6-quart crock-pot, add the cereal, nuts, dried fruit and pretzels.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave safe cup or bowl. Add in the syrup, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla, stir to combine.
  • Drizzle wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well. Take caution to not break the cereal and pretzels. Place a paper towel under the lid to soak up the condensation that can develop inside the lid.
  • Cook on high  for about 2 hours, stirring well every 15 to 20 minutes. Mixture is done when there is no more visible liquid. Cooking temps vary, so keep and eye on your mix after 1 1/2 hours.
  • Pour mixture onto baking sheets and allow to dry for two hours or overnight. Store in a air tight container up to 5 days. Yield: About 8 cups
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    Recipe adapted from: Averie Cooks

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