Orange/Vanilla Lowfat Granola

Our neighbors dropped off a large bag of beautiful oranges the other day. They not only smelled amazing and looked beautiful, but they tasted great as well! I decided to make something new using as much of the orange as possible and this granola recipe hit the mark. The granola isn’t a super sweet granola and is really quite healthy (be sure to brush your teeth after…those little chia seeds can get stuck in there). It goes great on yogurt for breakfast in the morning!

Not too sweet and very healthy, this granola adds a nice crunch to any breakfast!

Not too sweet and very healthy, this granola adds a nice crunch to any breakfast!

Orange Vanilla Lowfat Granola

6 cups rolled oats

1 c. sliced almonds(or nuts of your choice)

1 c. dried cranberries(or dried fruit of your choice)

1/4 cup ground flax

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 tsp orange zest

1 tsp orange extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, berries, flax, chia and cinnamon. Set aside.

To a sauce pot, add the applesauce, honey, orange juice, and orange zest. Bring to a simmer then remove from the heat. Add the orange and vanilla extract and salt. Stir. Pour the liquid over the oat mixture and stir until everything is wet. (I use my hands.)

Spread the mixture evenly onto the pans and bake about 15 minutes. Stir then put back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes, until the desired roasting is achieved. (I like mine more golden so I kept it in another 15 minutes.)

What did I love about this recipe? I love the slight taste of the orange in the granola. This really is a healthy granola and gets away from the sweet sticky stuff (which has it’s place, but NOT in January).

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