Oil-Free Granola

by Em's Bytes

Now that our stomachs have expanded thanks to Thanksgiving dinner, here’s a lighter and yet still filling snack to help you get back on track. This Oil-Free Granola uses applesauce, or if you have any on hand, pumpkin, to bind the oats and nuts together. 

Because this recipe does not call for oil, it lacks that perfect toasty crunch found in most granolas. Instead, I got a rather granola-bar-like consistency. I added banana chips to add that desired crunch, which brought the recipe together. My suggestion to get more crunch, besides adding dried fruit, is to cook the granola in a thinner layer than I did. Divide the granola in two baking trays to achieve this. Filled with cinnamon and nutmeg, this granola is an ideal autumn addition. However, the recipe is versatile, making a snack that is appropriate for any time of day or year.

Oil- Free Granola

Adapted from The Chic Life

4 cups dry oatmeal, not instant

1/2 cup almonds, chopped or slivered

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup pepitas

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 cup applesauce, or pumpkin

1/2-3/4 cup maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

1 cup dried fruit

Preheat oven to 300F. Line two large baking trays with parchment paper. 

In large bowl, stir oatmeal, nuts, pepitas, and spices together. 

In separate bowl, mix applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla and salt together. Add this mixture to the dry mixture and stir well. Pour granola onto baking sheets in a thin, even layer. 

Bake for 50-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Once cool, stir in banana chips. 

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