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The best way to guarantee a healthy and productive day is to make sure you start it off right, both psychologically and nutritionally. Homemade granola has a heap load of benefits, including its ability to lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, aid in weight loss, improve heart health, increase energy, prevent anemia, and promote proper organ function.

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Intake of granola also helps to lower blood pressure, increase cognitive activity, improve skin quality, build stronger bones, manage diabetes, stimulate new tissue and hormonal growth, and even prevent cancer.

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Granola is great meal to have for breakfast, paired with either fruit, yogurt, or milk, but it is also a fantastic snack to munch on all by itself. Either way, you’ll be left feeling satisfied.

For this recipe you will need:

Dry

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2.5 Cups Rolled Oats

1 Cup Chopped Almonds

1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts

1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries or Raisins

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

Wet

4 Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup

1 Tbsp. Coconut oil

2 Tbsp. Applesauce

2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar (or less if you are looking to cut back on your sugar consumption, or you can substitute organic coconut sugar for a lowered glycemic index)

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Start by preheating your oven to 300° celsius. Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl then melt wet ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down to low and stir frequently for 5 minutes. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and then stir to combine. Spread evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet and then bake in the oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

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Let cool for 25 minutes and then you’re all set to enjoy! It’s also best to store it in an airtight container for future nibbles!


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