I don’t want to sound cocky, but there are countless reasons why this recipe works. First off, if you’re like me and a health conscious granola fan, you’ve probably at least noticed or maybe tried a few ridicoulsly expensive “healthier” granolas. I’ve had some great granolas- a strawberry fennel grain-free granola, a granola made up with buckwheat groats, and some other adventorous ones- but they are often hard to find/buy and are CRAZYYYY expensive. I can’t bring myself to spend that much money on a granola, especially when I know I could make an equally delicious one at home for much less money.
The other reason this recipe is awesome? You can control exactly what ingredients are in here. Want to try out some weird seed or nut you’ve been eyeing? This is the perfect recipe to try it out in. I used some hemp seeds, as well as sesame in this one. Have some extra almonds or walnuts leftover from another recipe? Throw them in.
Honey Sesame Seed and Almond Granola
- 2 cups nuts (I used a mix of almonds and pecans)
- 1/2 cup seeds (I used a mix of hemp, sesame, and chia)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey + 1 dropper stevia or an additional tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
Mix nuts, seeds, and coconut in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix honey, coconut oil, and applesauce. I found it really helpful to heat the coconut oil and honey in the microwave for about 30 seconds before adding in so they are more viscous.
Drizzle in oil and honey mixture over the nuts and seeds and toss until they are fully coated. Spread onto a well-oiled baking sheet or a baking sheet with silpat on it.
Bake at 350 for about 15-25 minutes. Check after 10, and every 5 minutes after that. It will quickly go from brown to burnt, so it’s important to check frequently!