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After searching for a healthier granola recipe, I tweaked a few to lessen the sugar. I use seeds instead of nuts due to allergies. Still very crunchy, delicious, and satisfying! Change the dried fruit to fit your tastes (blueberries, cherries, cranberries, apricots, etc.).

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
5 cups
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Combine oatmeal, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, wheat germ, chopped dried cherries, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

  • Mix applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla in a separate bowl.

  • Pour applesauce mixture over the oatmeal mixture; mix until evenly coated.

  • Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets; smooth into a single thin layer.

  • Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, stir gently to turn, and continue cooking until crisp and golden brown, another 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; protein 7.6g; carbohydrates 40g; fat 9.4g; sodium 123.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2012
I submitted this recipe. AR changed my ingredient list but you should use raw unsalted seeds and you should have no problems with saltiness of this granola. Also I always do a combination of dried fruit. I chop dried cherries blueberries apples cranberries and apricots and add them to a 1-cup measuring cup until it is full. It gives a nice variety of flavor. This is not a super sweet granola! The fruit provide most of the sweetness. Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2012
I would suggest buying unsalted seeds if you can. Just made this and it was way too salty. I had to add brown sugar after the fact but still too salty. Next time I will know better. Read More
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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2012
I submitted this recipe. AR changed my ingredient list but you should use raw unsalted seeds and you should have no problems with saltiness of this granola. Also I always do a combination of dried fruit. I chop dried cherries blueberries apples cranberries and apricots and add them to a 1-cup measuring cup until it is full. It gives a nice variety of flavor. This is not a super sweet granola! The fruit provide most of the sweetness. Enjoy! Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2012
Not as crunchy as I hoped. I did use no salt raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds. I also upped the flax seeds and the wheat germ to 1/4 each. Upped the cinnamon to almost a tablespoon kinda chewy finsih....and kinda bland due to lack of salt and no sweetness...next time I would add some brown sugar and maybe 2 tblspns of olive oil. Good potential and very healthy. Tasty in my yogurt today...just not the best recipe I have tried....but thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2012
I would suggest buying unsalted seeds if you can. Just made this and it was way too salty. I had to add brown sugar after the fact but still too salty. Next time I will know better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2015
Great! Read More