I’m officially OBSESSED with granola, and this chia & flax granola is no exception.

One of the reasons that I love granola is because you can literally throw it on top of almost anything- yogurt, smoothies, toast, a spoon, you name it.

I prefer to make my own VS buy it. It’s super simple to make and pretty darn cheap. Also, you can really tailor it exactly how you want- i.e. less sugar, various mix-ins, different flavors, and so on.So, I’ve tested this recipe and tweaked it about four times- meaning A.) I am super excited to share it with you because I think it’s Fab and B.) I had a LOT of granola in my house, and I couldn’t have loved it more. Bonus: My house smelled like heaven the entire time.chia & flax granola pouring from jar with parfaitNutritionally, it’s a great way to add some fiber, which helps to keep you full. For this recipe I added some chia & flax seed, both great sources of healthy fats, protein, more fiber, and add a nutty flavor. Applesauce takes the place of oil, making it lighter in calories- also makes for GIANT clusters! 

Chia & Flax Granola spilling from a jarchia & flax granola on strawberry parfait

 

Chia & Flax Granola
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 4 cups
 
This chia & flax granola is the perfect addition to yogurt, parfaits, smoothie bowls, or even eaten straight from the jar! Using applesauce in place of oil, this recipe is much lower in fat and calories than traditional recipes.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly spray 2, 13 x 9 baking pans with non-stick spray, set aside*
  2. Combine all dry ingredients, mixing well to be sure to break up all brown sugar
  3. Next, add in wet ingredients, fold until evenly coated
  4. Spread mixture onto prepared pans, pressing into one solid block spreading across the entire bottom of the pans
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and break up the mixture to create clusters of desired size
  6. Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown
  7. Allow to cool fully before storing in an airtight container
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅓ cup Calories: 131 Fat: 0.7g Carbohydrates: 25.8g Protein: 2.9g

 

You can totally add in some coconut, chocolate chips, raisins, or nuts to make this version taste like a whole different recipe. That’s what is so great about granola- you can really get creative!!!

Chia & flax Granola Top View in jarWhat are your favorite things to include in granola? Try adding them to this basic recipe and let me know how it goes!!

Happy Eating!

-Colleen

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Oil free, low fat, low calorie granola. Perfect for yogurt, parfaits, smoothie bowls, or even just straight from the jar!