I definitely had summer fever this weekend. Shorts were on, the sun was out (well, when it wasn’t foggy and/or lightning), but I still wanted to do something in the kitchen. I turned to one of my favorite blogs, Clean Eating Chelsey, and found her recipe for Trail Mix Granola.
I made a few changes to her recipe, and it turned out phenomenal. It’s got to be kept out of eyesight or it might disappear faster than it should… ;).
Trail Mix Granola
- 2 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cups raw mixed nuts, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s chocolate sunflower seed drops (these are made with milk chocolate, so if you have a dairy issue use something coated with dark chocolate instead)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 1/2T maple syrup
- 1 1/2T agave nectar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat your oven to 325*. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
- Combine oats, pumpkin seeds and mixed nuts in a large bowl. By chopping everything, it helps to more evenly distribute all of the wonderful flavors throughout the granola!
- In a small bowl, combine the unsweetened applesauce, maple syrup, agave and vanilla and warm slightly to combine.
- Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry and mix until everything is combined.
- Spread the granola on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes.
- Let the granola cool, and then add the raisins and chocolate sunflower seed drops.
This is my new favorite granola recipe. It has such a nice coating, and the little candy drops of sunflower seeds are so cute and colorful! Of course you can substitute any of the mix-in ingredients to suit your taste. Yum!