Apple Spice Granola

Apple Spice Granola It’s been a while since I posted something new here.  My little cutie started Kindergarten this year and it has taken a little adjusting to workout a new sort of schedule for myself.  I have more time and have gone a little crazy catching up on lots of backed up projects.  I have missed blogging, so I am back!  Fall is here and apple picking time has finally arrived!  I have been making some of my delicious applesauce and freezing some for later recipes.

I created a new recipe for granola to capture the warm taste of fall.  It has a nice subtle warm spice flavor to warm you on these fall days.  I love to make granola.  It tastes awesome with almond milk for breakfast, makes a great snack, and can be a topping for ice cream and yogurt.  So many uses for granola, I love it.

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Ingredients:

Dry

  • 2 cups organic rolled oats (use GF rolled oats for gluten free option)
  • 1/4 cup organic ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup organic unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic sprouted quinoa (optional)
  • 1/2 cup organic puffed millet cereal
  • 1/2 cup organic brown rice cereal

Wet

  • 4 tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup organic applesauce
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp organic ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.

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3. In a microwavable bowl, melt coconut oil and stir together remaining wet ingredients and spices.

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4. Pour wet mixture onto dry and stir well. Be sure to incorporate it well so that it will be nice and sticky for great clusters when baking in the oven.

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5. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and press together with a spatula.

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6. Bake for 40 minutes* at 325F.  The batch must be flipped and rotated every 10 minutes for even browning.  When flipping the granola, use a spatula and flip gently in large sections each time to try to maintain large clusters.

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*My oven tends to run on a bit hot, so the last 10 minutes I keep a close eye, it browns quickly and sometimes needs to be taken out a few minutes ahead of time. However, a friend made this recipe and needed to bake hers for 50- 60 minutes, so time may vary depending on how hot your oven may run.  Break up granola into pieces.

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Be sure to let granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container or it may loose some of its crunchy goodness.

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A few more of my granola recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Banana Nut Granola

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