This is a very low sugar version of the grown-up granola that I make. It can also be made without nuts in case of allergies or if your child can't eat nuts safely yet. The apple sauce makes the granola clump together nicely, so it is easy for kids to pick up with their hands. My daughter LOVES this for breakfast and snacks, alone or with plain yogurt. I have made it without the maple syrup, and my daughter still enjoys it, so you can make this completely sugar free if you desire.
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup organic unsweetened apple sauce
1 tablespoon real maple syrup (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened grated coconut
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1 pinch kosher salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)
1/4 cup walnut pieces (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Spread mixture out on a sheet tray and press it into an even layer with a spatula. Bake in oven until lightly browned, about 30 to 40 minutes. Stir the granola every 10 to 15 minutes, compressing with spatula after every stirring to ensure granola clumps together.
Cool completely and then store in an airtight container.