Granola Snack

I was in the mood for something healthy to snack on and decided I wanted a trail mix.  I decided to create my own that not only used gluten free oats, but one so that I could choose exactly what I wanted to include in my trail mix to make it healthy and tasty.  I used this recipe I found online to turn my gluten free oats into granola:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup agave
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or sub applesauce)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300F
2. In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
3. In another bowl, stir together agave, oil, and vanilla. Dump this over the oat mixture and combine thorougly using your hands to coat the oats evenly.
4. Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a baking sheet and place on the center rack of the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time, until the granola is a very light golden brown. (If you like your granola crunchier with a toastier flavor, bake it a little longer, but make sure it doesn’t get too dark or it will taste burnt.)
5. Cool the granola completely, stirring it around so it doesn’t stick together. (It hardens as it cools.)

This should be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

I tried this recipe using the applesauce instead of the oil and it turned out fantastic.

After I made the granola, I decided to take about 1/4 cup of the granola and add: unsalted cashews, raisins, craisins, and dark cocoa almonds by Emerald to make my trail mix.  Any combination works, but I definitely recommend adding a few dark cocoa almonds.  It’s a healthier way to get that chocolate taste in your trail mix, and when it’s mixed with everything else it has an amazing taste!

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