Sunday, November 11, 2012

Apple-Cinnamon Granola


Jake discovered apples a few weeks ago. We tried to give him apples before but he wasn’t really a fan. I’m not sure what has changed, but he has been eating 2-3 apples a day! We actually had to start hiding the apples from him because that is all he wants to eat. After he tried this apple-cinnamon granola he wanted more-- He loves this granola! 


As evidenced by some of my previous posts, I love the apple-cinnamon flavor combination. I don’t generally like to label things as “perfect” since taste can be so subjective, but after searching for a couple of years I am willing to say I have found the perfect apple-cinnamon granola. Enjoy this granola on top of yogurt, in your cereal, or our favorite way--on it’s own.  However you eat it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

A few notes about the recipe: I used my food processor to chop the dried apples to make things a little easier. I also used my stand mixer to mix the ingredients together quickly. If you do not have a stand-mixer, no worries, you can certainly make this without one.

Apple-Cinnamon Granola

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  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
  • 4 ounces dried apples, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • dash of ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a rimed baking sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together rolled oats, dried apples, spices, and salt. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine applesauce, honey, vanilla extract, and coconut oil until just warm.

Add applesauce mixture to the oats and stir until well combined. Spread granola evenly onto the lined pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Allow granola to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Adapted from: Two Peas and Their Pod