A little bit naughty and a little bit nice: this granola does contain sugar and cocoa but is also full of healthy ingredients like flaxseed, flaked coconut, sunflower seeds and dried blueberries.

Yield: Makes 10 cups.



  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick foil.
  2. Combine oats, pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, coconut and flaxseed in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together applesauce, brown sugar, honey, cocoa powder, oil, cinnamon, ginger and salt until blended.
  4. Pour applesauce mixture over oats mixture and stir until coated.
  5. Spread in prepared pans. Bake, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 50 minutes.
  6. Cool completely in pans on racks, stirring occasionally. Stir in blueberries. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Nutritional analysis per 1/4 cup:

145 calories, 8.5 g fat, 2.6 g protein, 16.5 g carbohydrate, 2.3 g fibre, 227 mg sodium