6c+ Oats- rolled, steel cut, minute, or old-fashioned, mixed with 1/2-1 c dry milk (optional)
applesauce- a cup or more
1/2 c brown sugar or honey
1-2 T canola oil (sometimes we leave this out)
1-2 T cinnamon, or ginger, or pumpkin pie spice
handful or two of nuts (we like walnuts, also add ground flaxseed when I remember) and raisins/dried fruit to taste
We mix all of the applesauce, sugars, oils, spices together in a saucepan and heat until it's combined. Sometimes we use maple syrup, too. The base is always applesauce. If I make it, I use less sugar (I don't have a sweet tooth). If Gary makes it, he uses more.
Pour over your oats (mixed with dry milk for more protein), stir well to combine. If you don't have enough liquid to coat, just add a little more applesauce or maple syrup. I wouldn't add straight honey, because it will burn. I usually do the mixing in a big 9x13 glass pyrex baking pan and load it straight into the 375 degree oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the granola is as dark/toasty as you like, add the nuts and dried fruit. Store in airtight jar until it's gone!