How to make granola (without oil)

I’ve always been a big fan of granola, but I don’t like all the added calories of excess oil that typically comes with store bought granola. I love granola in smoothie bowls, on top of applesauce (especially when camping), and hit the kitchen recently to create my own granola. Let me tell you, the results were even better than I thought they were going to be. After trying this recipe you’ll see why oil isn’t even needed—plus you’ll be addicted.

What to serve with granola?

Granola is one of my favorite on-the-go snacks. I used to keep individual applesauce and granola in a container at my desk for a mid-day snack. I also always bring that same snack with me whenever I go backpacking or hiking. It just makes for a simple and delicious breakfast or snack. Below are some great ways to enjoy granola.
1. Serve over applesauce with dried berries on top.
2. Or over yogurt and top with fresh berries.
3. Granola makes a delicious addition to grilled fruit with a drizzle of honey.
4. Add some granola to a smoothie or acai bowl.
5. Eat it like cereal with milk or non-dairy milk.
6. Serve over ice cream.
7. Add some peanut butter to apple slices or bananas and sprinkle a little granola on top.

Homemade Granola (without oil)

4 cups rolled old fashioned oats
3/4-1 cup total of mix-ins (I used a variety of almonds, hemp hearts and pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or honey for clusters)
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. In a large mixing bowl toss together oats and your mix-ins—set aside. Note: if you want to add dried fruit wait until it’s done cooking to add.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, maple syrup (or honey), water, cinnamon and salt.
4. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.
5. Allow to boil for 1 minute, mixing constantly.
6. Remove from heat.
7. Stir in vanilla and baking soda, whisk until foamy.
8. Carefully pour hot sugar mixture over your oat mixture and toss to evenly coat.
9. Spread mixture into an even layer on a parchment paper lined rimmed baking sheet.
10. Bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes—until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven twice during baking to toss.
11. Once you remove from the oven you can add 1 cup dried fruit and toss together.
12. Allow to completely cool before storing in an airtight container.
13. Enjoy.

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