Archive for May 23rd, 2011

May 23, 2011

definitely feels like summer

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
  1. Preheat your oven to 325*.  Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. 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!
  3. In a small bowl, combine the unsweetened applesauce, maple syrup, agave and vanilla and warm slightly to combine.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry and mix until everything is combined.
  5. Spread the granola on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes.
  6. 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!