Granola with Fruit Butter

If you’re not reading Food in Jars, you should be. This is based on one of her recipes. I made it with my apple butter, and it’s making the house smell so good! If it turns out well (and so far, it is), I may include small packages of this in my holiday gift baskets.

2 cups oats (old fashioned are best, quick oats will do)
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup peanuts
1 cup fruit butter or sauce – I used apple butter.
Spices to taste.
Stir together.
Toast at 325 degrees F., turning on the baking sheet several times.
Optional: after cooling, add raisins or other dried fruit. I like dried cranberries (a.k.a. craisins). As for the nuts, 1 1/2 cups of anything nutty will work.
My apple butter has its own unique flavor, so I didn’t add spices. Ginger or nutmeg might have been good. I think any combination of nuts would do. Next time, I might experiment with nuts, too.
It’s fun to find a recipe that offers so many options and yet is so easy to make.
This granola is simple and delicious. Next batch might be made with my super-thick cinnamon applesauce.

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