I love granola! I love it with milk, on yogurt, straight out of the container, you get it. I especially love granola that is crunchy with big clusters in it.
I have been on a hunt for a clumpy, crunchy granola recipe for quite some time. Usually I get some recipes that do not clump at all, don’t have much flavor, or seem too oily. I also like making my food when I can. Especially stuff that normally comes in packages. If I can replicate it, I am happy.
I have been working with one recipe for a long time that I felt had potential. I tweaked it some more this last time I made it with some great results.
Look! I made clumps!
They are fairly decent in size!
The trick to the clumps, I found in applesauce!
Here is what I did:
- 4 C rolled oats
- 1 C almonds smashed
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 C natural applesauce
- 1/2 C honey
- 3/4 C brown sugar
Have a toddler mix all the ingredients in a very large bowl. Dump it all out on a baking sheet and throw it in a 250 degree oven and stir it every 15 minutes. It took me about 1 hour and 45 minutes. It’s trial and error. I stopped about 15 minutes early to let it cool (put it on two to three sheets to cool it) and it was not as crunchy as I like, so back in the oven it went! I was a bit heavy-handed with the apple sauce so that would make a difference too.
Now I have some for the pantry!
I have been loving to eat it out of a bowl with dried tart cherries! I recently read that tart cherries are good for reducing inflammation. I enjoy eating them so if they help with my knee then even better! (I am ignoring the fact that they have sugar in them which I do know increases inflammation. :))
My knee is still not feeling great. It’s not as bad as it was just after I tried my marathon schedule for a few weeks. I have been doing my Gabby Reece Tabata workouts three days a week and on the other three days I have normally been running. Last week I did not even attempt to run on my scheduled days. I just did stretching, icing, yoga etc. I did run a bit this week and so far it went ok. I could not go very far and I did more of a walk run. One minute of walking to one minute of running for about 25 minutes or so. I read that doing it that was is a good way to get back into it. I have never tried it before so why not give it a go!
If you have ever had IT band issues and have had success with anything whether it’s stretches, exercises, supplements, or anything else you think helped (other than not running :)) I would love to know.
I think I may have found something that will help me. I was doing hip drop exercises and my left hip (the bad one) was incredibly tight when doing this. I never thought I had an issue with flexibility. In fact, one doctor told me I had great flexibility in my hips. I guess I do for most exercises, but when I tried this one it was not easy to do. This gives me hope. If I work on this area in addition to the other stuff I am trying, it just might work!
That’s enough rambling for the night. Let me know if you try making the granola and how it worked for you. I am so proud of this batch!
Have a great night everyone! I’ll talk to you soon. 🙂