As you all know from the name of my blog, I have a gigantic sweet tooth. I didn’t include that in the name of blog because it’s kind of true. It is very very true and makes staying healthy very very hard! I pretty much have to resist temptation every single day (I could easily consume sweets all day, every day), and I do give in, of course, but I try to do it as a treat, and not as part of my regular food intake.

But I’ve realized that I can make my own yummy treats that are naturally sweet and in doing so, I can control how much sugar is added (in this case, zero). When I say sugar, I’m talking about white, brown or cane sugar. I choose to use maple syrup, honey, stevia, brown rice syrup etc. as sweeteners.

My recipe was inspired by this one from godairyfree.org, and this one from ehow.com

 

Here are photos of my results to inspire your granola-making adventure:

 

What you need (keep in mind there are a million different ways to make granola so use my list as a foundation, but don’t feel like you need to stick to it by any means):

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 9×9 baking pan
  • Saucepan
  • 3 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Almonds, chopped
  • 1 Cup of Walnuts
  • 1/4 Cup Flax meal
  • 2 Tbsp Wheat Bran
  • 1 Cup Almond butter
  • 2/3 Cup Maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Canola oil
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1/4 Cup Applesauce

 

Instructions:

Mix together all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.

Put the almond butter, maple syrup and oil in a sauce pan on low/medium heat until it’s all melted. Use a silicone spatula to mix, it’s great at getting everything off the pan and into the bowl.

Preheat your oven to 350.

Grease your baking pan with oil or margarine.

Use the silicone spatula to pour the wet ingredients in the bowl with the dry ingredients. Add in the apple sauce if needed (mine wasn’t gooey enough and needed something extra so I threw it in and it turned out great).

Many of the recipes say to use soy/almond/rice milk but I had just finished my carton that morning so I winged it without and it turned out really yummy, I just compensated by using a bit extra almond butter/maple syrup/applesauce plus a very small touch of water.

The key to knowing if it’s good is if it seems sticky and gooey. If there are still dry spots, add some more wet ingredients slowly until you get a good consistency.

When the mixture is ready, pour it into your greased baking pan and spread it out evenly.

Press down with your fingers and/or spatula to make sure it’s packed in really tightly.

Place the pan in your oven and bake for 25 minutes. When it’s done, let it cool completely before cutting. Store in fridge.

And there you have a delicious, guilt-free snack to conquer your cravings!

 

 

 

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