This granola fulfills several requirements of mine:
- low oil (the applesauce replaces most of it.)
- no nuts (I eat enough nuts as it is.)
- low sugar
I keep a batch of this around the house for quick breakfasts before work and quick snacks after work. I'm a minimalist when it comes to granola, but feel free to toss in some dried fruit after baking for an iron boost.
Also, I would be remiss not to mention that flaxseeds (because of their high lignan content) have been linked to a reduced risk in breast cancer. Sesame seeds also have a high lignan content.
Four Seed Granola:
2.5 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup flax seed meal
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Preheat oven to 300 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Combine rolled oats, seeds, flax meal, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a large bowl. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine applesauce, maple syrup and coconut oil. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.
Transfer mixture to baking tray and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.