Healthy Applesauce Granola

Servings: many serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

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easy applesauce granola

Why buy what you can so easily make at home?

Some of the easiest things to make at home are those that we often buy. Take granola, for example. It’s really just a matter of tossing things together and then throwing them in a slow oven for three-quarters of an hour, stirring from time to time.

easy applesauce granola

Make it once and you’ll never buy granola again. And then you’ll start making up your own recipe, substituting different nuts and seeds. You might even throw in some Smarties or chocolate chips at the end and call it trail mix so your kids will eat it.

This recipe is adapted from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars, an excellent new cookbook from the author of Simple Bites blog.

healthy applesauce granola

Healthy Applesauce Granola Recipe

  • 4 cups old-fashioned (large flake) rolled oats
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened flaked coconut (or shredded)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 3 Tbsp. olive, canola or grape seed oil
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F and line a large sided cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl stir together the oats, sunflower seeds, coconut, pumpkin seeds, salt & cinnamon. (The dried cranberries are added after the granola has cooked.)
  3. In a medium bowl whisk the applesauce with the molasses and oil.
  4. Stir the wet mixture into the dry, making sure to coat the rolled oats well.
  5. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. If it still needs to dry out a bit leave it in the oven, turn the oven off and check it after five minutes, then 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, stir in the dried cranberries. Cool completely before packing it in a container. 

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2 thoughts on “Healthy Applesauce Granola

  1. Nancy says:

    Hi, Just read thru your granola recipes. I have been making granola for my hubby for a year or two. Mine is basically the same as your Molasses granola. I would like to try the applesauce granola but wondered if it needed to be refrigerated because of the applesauce in it? I would like to also make the granola cookies but not at 231 calories each, wow. Love your emails and recipes!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Nancy, No need to refrigerate the applesauce granola. You bake it until dry, as with other granola recipes so it’s stable at room temp. Enjoy.

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