Sugar-Free Granola

Makes 15 servings

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup egg whites (about 4 egg whites)
  • 4 cups oats
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries (can substitute raisins or chopped dried apricots)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, coconut, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and cranberries; mix thoroughly.
  4. Stir in applesauce, vanilla and cinnamon until ingredients are all moistened, then fold in egg whites.
  5. Spread granola evenly over a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until granola is lightly browned and almost crispy. Let cool completely, then store in an air-tight container.

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