I’m all about discovering new food blogs & just this morning IÂ looked under a Google rock & found FoodForThought.Â ItÂ doesn’t look like they’ve posted in a while, but the siteÂ has great photos & was a real keeper if you ask me.
FoodForThought has been making Homemade Granola Snacks since Trader Joe’s discontinued their favorite granola variety.Â It’s a good thing they did because this granola recipe looks fantastic!Â I might have to add some dark chocolate pieces, but it looks great.Â Enjoy!
- 5 c rolled oats and/or multigrain cereal (Trader Joe’s carries a nice barley-oat-rye-wheat flake mix that I combine half and half with oats)
- 2 c almonds
- 1 c pumpkin seeds
- 1 c sesame seeds
- 1 c sunflower seeds
- 1/2 c ground flax meal
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp salt
- 4-6 oz applesauce (I use one of the individual serving cups that Ben takes in his lunchbox)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 c honey, rice syrup, maple syrup, or some combination thereof
- 1 c raisins, dried cranberries, or some combination thereof
Go ahead & preheatÂ your ovenÂ to 320 F or 160 C.
Stir together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Add applesauce, then oil and honey or syrup, and combine well. Pour into two large, greased baking pans (I use two lasagne pans) and bake for 45 minutes, stirring once or twice along the way.
Remove from the oven, stir in the dried fruit, then cool completely before storing in an airtight container.