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I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge breakfast person. I always want something like that I can take on the go quickly, but the granola at the store is packed with so much sugar and not a lot of the A+ ingredients that leave me feeling happy, instead of guilty. And feeling guilty is just a bad way to start any morning. 148 calories in 1/2 cup…pretty awesome considering breakfast should contain 25 percent of your daily calories. So, onto this miracle of miracles.

Makes 7 cups.

What you need:

3 cups old fashioned rolled-oats

1 cup almonds; coarsely chopped

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup sesame seeds (untoasted)

1 tblsp dried candied ginger, chopped

1 tblsp dried blueberries

1 tblsp unsweetened dried cranberries

1 tblsp (or five whole apricots) dried apricots; chopped

3 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt

put aside:

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup date honey (silan), or any other “healthy” sugar alternative such as agave nectar or even honey (though I don’t know what the calorie content would be with those substituted instead)

How to do it:

Mix up the dry ingredients well. On low, heat up the applesauce and date honey over low heat. We don’t want to boil it, just get it a little warm.

Mix it into the dry ingredients and combine very well. Heat oven to 325 degrees and lay granola onto parchment paper.

You will need two trays. Spread the granola out and be sure to leave some in chunks because that’s the best part! Bake for 45 minutes, returning to the oven every 10 minutes or so to mix the granola around so it doesn’t burn.

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