Have you ever tried to buy granola without any sugar in it? It's basically impossible. And this is maddening to me. There are companies that cater to the vegan crowd, the gluten-free crowd, the low-carb crowd...but where are the natural, sugar-free products? No offense to those other crowds...I think they're all great, but I think it's a sham when health food companies market cereals with half your daily quota for sugar in one serving.
I figured homemade granola can't be that hard. Guess what? It's not.
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup egg substitute (or 3 eggs, beaten)
1/4 cup oil (coconut, olive, etc.)
1/4 cup sugar-free peanut butter
1 tsp liquid vanilla stevia
1/2 tsp almond extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients (first 7). Mix the wet ingredients separately; the peanut butter won't really mix in, but can sort of be mashed into the eggs. Pour the wet into the dry and mix quickly and thoroughly. Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray and spread the mixture between the two sheets. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. I broiled mine for the last two of those minutes, to get a nice crispy, brown finish.
I also added some sugar-free chocolate to mine, which was a mistake. Next time I'll leave that out. But don't think I'm not a fan...I hope to share some of the confections I'm creating in the near future. Here's a teaser: sugar-free peanut butter cups.
Here's the best part about this granola. I had to do with what was in the house. But peanut butter can be easily replaced with apple butter or almond butter. Almonds and peanuts might become pecans and cashews. Raisins might be dried cranberries. Coconut might be applesauce. And so on...the possibilities are endless. Please let me know if you try this and come up with something great.
Maus also recently learned a life lesson. Turns out, she thought the point of bonsai plants was to trim the tops of the plants, not the roots.
I'm not going to give up on this little guy just yet, but today I treated myself to a new baby...one that doesn't need to be on an easily accessible window sill for light.
Hopefully Maus won't learn to climb the bookshelf anytime soon...