Jenn’s Nutritious and Delicious Homemade Granola
- 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
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add vanilla extract, dates (with pits removed), applesauce, honey, and water into the blender, food processor, or Vitamix until well blended.
- Pour over granola. Mix together with hands or spoon until granola is coated.
- 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
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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