lightened up homemade granola

With applesauce replacing most of the oil, this granola is much lower in fat than traditional granola.  It is also reduced sugar, but is still flavorful. It’s lightly sweet, with a great crunch and small clumps throughout.  

  • Author: Healthy Happy Mama
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American



Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 cup raisins

Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (or neutral oil of choice)



  1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees.  Mix together your wet ingredients in a large bowl.  Add all of the dry ingredients, except the raisins, and mix together well.  Spread the mixture onto 2 rimmed baking sheets.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven until the granola is just lightly browned, 45 minutes-1 hour. Use a spatula to carefully turn over the granola after about 20 minutes so it cooks evenly and doesn’t burn on the bottom.  I used two different baking sheets and they browned at different rates, so ovens and pans can vary; watch to ensure yours doesn’t burn.
  3. When the granola is finished cooking, take it out of the oven and let it cool completely before you touch it or stir it at all to ensure the clumps stay together.  When it is cooled, stir in the raisins and store it in an airtight container.  Enjoy!


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