Honey Almond Sunflower Seed Granola

I had always written granola off as one of those things that is really hard to make.  Why else would they sell so much of the premade stuff? WRONG!  Granola now goes in the same category as spaghetti sauce: it is very easy to make it homemade, slightly cheaper to make it homemade and tastes much better when it is homemade!  The other perk is that you have complete control over what goes in your granola.

I googled “Almond Granola” (because I had sliced almonds and oats) and found these instruction on ehow.com.

The only alteration I made was with the nuts.  I only had a 1/2 cup of sliced almonds, so I added 1 cup of unsalted raw sunflower seeds.

Honey Almond Sunflower Seed Granola

Preheat the oven to 300 F.  In a large bowl combine:

4 cups oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/4 tsp. salt

In a small bowl mix together:

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup canola oil

Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add:

1 tsp. Vanilla

Pour the honey liquid into the large bowl of oats. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Spread granola mixture on to a baking pan. Make sure the granola is spread out evenly so that it will not burn. Bake for 35- 40 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely on the baking pan. Crumble and store in an airtight container.

My favorite thing to do with granola?  Parfait!  Vanilla yogurt with canned peaches are the best.

I have read that you can make granola using applesauce and apple juice as the sweeteners instead of  honey and brown sugar.  Has anyone made granola this way before?  I think I would like to try this healthier version to see how it tastes.  This recipe was almost too sweet/candy tasting.