The applesauce is a smart way to keep the added sugar low in this granola recipe; the dark chocolate, nuts, and raisins add in flavor, protein, and antioxidants. Serve with plain Greek or regular yogurt, over vanilla ice cream, or eat plain as a snack.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a small saucepan combine applesauce, brown sugar, butter, honey, vanilla, and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted and brown sugar is dissolved.
In an extra-large bowl combine oats, pistachio nuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower kernels, and cinnamon. Drizzle with applesauce mixture; stir to coat. Transfer to a 15x10x1-inch baking pan or shallow roasting pan.
Bake for 45 minutes, stirring twice. Stir in raisins. Transfer to an extra-large bowl; cool. Stir in chocolate pieces. Store in an airtight container.