I cannot tell a lie: This was originally intended to be a cookie recipe. (For those of you following on Twitter, sorry for the tempting picture!) But truth be told, I’m not much of a baker, and the cookies were a failure.
So what’s a girl to do? Improvise, of course! One thing cooking has taught me is that the more time you spend in the kitchen, the more you’re able to just figure it out and use your instincts with recipes. So that’s what I did—I shifted some ingredients around, extended the bake time and turned dry, blah cookies into crunchy, yummy granola. Enjoy by the handful as a snack, mix with yogurt for breakfast or top your favorite ice cream for a decadent dessert!
Five-Grain Chocolate Raisin Granola
Makes 15 servings (serving size is 1/4 of a cup)
3 cups Old Wessex Five Grain Cereal, uncooked. (Oatmeal is a fine substitution.)
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup apple sauce, unsweetened
5 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp . baking soda
1/3 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract