Cranberry Spice Granola

Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 30 minutes

Serves:6

By Emma Roche of PlantPlate
If you pick up a package of granola in the supermarket, it may surprise you to discover just how much processed sugar and oil it contains! That's why we came up with a simple, healthy, oil-free alternative. Dried cranberries add tartness and texture, while the pumpkin seeds give it a lovely nuttiness.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (can substitute sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (can substitute raisins)

Directions

Preheat oven to 340 degrees. Line one large baking tray with baking paper. Combine all ingredients, except for the dried cranberries, in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined and none of the oats are dry. Spread granola mixture out over baking tray in a thin layer. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes; remove, stir with a spatula and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and mix through the dried cranberries. Set aside to cool for 1 hour. (Don't worry if it still seems a little wet when you take it out of the oven- it will crisp up as it cools down.) Transfer to an airtight jar or plastic container, refrigerate, and serve as needed.