I was looking at the ingredients of some granola at the store and saw FOUR different forms of sugar in there (cane sugar, honey, molasses and fructose). Of course, this made me want to create my own granola with no other sugar besides the natural sugar from fruit. Hence, this fruit-sweetened granola was born. So easy, versatile, healthy and cheap!
- 1/2 cup dried fruit *
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (or almond extract)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (can omit the oil if you want it low-fat, but it won’t be as crunchy)
- 2 cups oats
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
* You can use any kind of dried fruit. I’ve tried it with dates, raisins and Craisins OR you can use a whole banana (omit the water if using a banana and just mash it)
- Pour water over dried fruit and let soften overnight or for a few hours.
- When it is soft, blend it all together until it makes a puree (I use a magic bullet).
- Add vanilla extract and coconut oil. Mix well.
- Pour puree over oats and cinnamon. Stir well until all oats are coated.
- Pour on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper (or just greased) and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown.
I like to keep it in big clumps and add dried fruit and nuts and eat it like a trail mix. Also a treat sprinkled on yogurt or on top of smoothies. It isn’t super sweet, but me and both my boys LOVE it!