November 12, 2011 by Flora Dawn
I originally wanted to name this Naked Granola, because it is a pretty stripped down version of granola. However, I decided being witty was probably not worth the bizarre comments I would get, so I opted for Plain Granola, which is significantly less provocative, although Applesauce Granola would have also worked.
Granola with lots of nuts and dried fruits is delicious and a great way to start the day, however, there are times when a simple, plain granola is called for. This is especially true for making granola bars, cookies, or toppings that have granola as an ingredient.
You can typically find plain granola down the cereal aisle, however, gluten-free granola is outrageously priced in my opinion. Since it is so easy to prepare at home, it makes perfect sense to whip up a batch and store in your pantry in an airtight container.
And when you make it at home you have complete control of the amount and type of sweetener and fat you add. With very little oil, this is probably the lowest fat granola recipe I have ever had success with, yet it tastes great!
I purposefully make this size batch of granola, so I have enough to make two batches of granola bars (I’ll post the recipe soon). However, you can easily half the recipe if desired.
*I use Bob’s Red Mill brand gluten-free oats.
You could easily substitute your favorite sweeteners for the ones I chose. For example, I think maple syrup or agave would be nice alternatives to the honey. This is a great basic recipe that can be adapted numerous ways to suit your preferences.
- 5 cups gluten-free oats (I have successfully used regular rolled oats & quick-cooking)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash of salt
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (if using sweetened, reduce the amount of sugar in recipe)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- Grease or spray a 9×13 pan and preheat oven to 300. Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in the prepared pan and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. You can do this step in a bowl if you prefer, but I would rather not wash another dish 🙂
- In a small saucepan, heat the applesauce, honey and oil until hot (it doesn’t need to boil), stirring constantly. Pour the applesauce mixture over the oat mixture and stir until thoroughly coated. Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is dark brown; don’t worry if it seems soft, it will harden up as it cools. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight bag or container.