Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup chia powder
  • 1 cup wide-slice coconut
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 easpoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup pureed dates (approx. 8 dates, seeds removed)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add vanilla extract, dates (with pits removed), applesauce, honey, and water into the blender, food processor, or Vitamix until well blended.
  4. Pour over granola. Mix together with hands or spoon until granola is coated.
  5. Spread in a thin layer on foil-lined baking sheets and bake for approximately 1 hour, turning halfway through.

How to Serve: Our two-year-old loves to eat it plain as a snack, and my husband likes to add pecans (for a little crunch), some almond milk, heat until warm, and then add blueberries. You can experiment and add different nuts or mix with yogurt.

Makes: 10 cups
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


 

recipe_jennABOUT-THE-CHEF

Name of Chef: Jenn Sigmon
Family: Husband – Carter; Daughter – Lily
Community: Del Sur
Interests: Hiking, cooking, photography
Favorite Local Activity: Visiting local wineries and restaurants, going to the fantastic Del Sur family events
About the Recipe: This past fall my husband and I had the “Great Granola Debate” which resulted in the creation of this delicious and healthy granola recipe that has no added oils or sugar. My husband was grocery shopping in a hurry and picked up a box of granola that sounded healthy: “Organic, non-GMO, excellent source of Omega 3’s, flax seed, pumpkin seeds.” However, when we read the ingredients and nutrition label at home, it showed the granola was full of refined sugar: 10 grams per ¾ cup. By comparison this “healthy” store-bought granola had more sugar per serving than the common sugar-filled kid’s cereal! As a result I set out to create a healthy, no sugar-added snack and cereal alternative.
About the Chef: I am a registered dental hygienist and have become increasingly interested in family nutrition through my journey as a mom. I’ve been surprised by how many foods geared towards children are packed with refined sugar. I started a blog, Fresh Eats Happy Teeth (www.fresheatshappyteeth.com), where I share recipes with a focus on whole food meal and snack ideas that keep teeth and the entire body healthy. I also blog about our experiences at local farms and farmer’s markets as well as topics related to nutrition and dentistry. All recipes are toddler-approved!


 

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