Apple Cinnamon Granola

I made a batch of granola a few months ago, but burnt it.  🙁  Ever since, I’ve been wanting to try it again because it seems so simple and I am constantly seeing recipes that sound so good.  After my friend made some while we were on vacation in Boston last week, that gave me the motivation to try it again (though…shh…she burned hers a little too).  Sorry, Erika!  🙂  The secret is to stir every 10 minutes and watch it closely.  Store-bought granola often contains so many unnecessary ingredients and lots of sugar.  Plus, it can be expensive to buy in the store when you can make it at home with just a few inexpensive ingredients.  There are probably millions of granola recipes online and I have a few I want to try in the near future, but this time I decided on Apple Cinnamon Granola.  I think I ended up cooking it a few minutes too long, so, once again, it was a tad crunchier than I would like, but the flavor was good!  An added bonus: my house smelled wonderful while it was baking!!

Apple Cinnamon Granola
Apple Cinnamon Granola, just out of the oven (a little overdone)

I had the granola for breakfast this morning with milk…

My breakfast...granola with milk (and a banana)

And then the kids and I split this very indulgent “snack” yesterday afternoon.  Yum!  (Since I put my kids to bed at 7:30, we rarely eat dessert after dinner.  If we have a treat like this, it’s usually served at snack time.)

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Granola and baked apples over ice cream

I chopped up two organic granny smith apples, one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of brown sugar and baked at 350 degrees until the apples were cooked (stirring a couple times).  I served the granola and apples over ice cream.  (See my new homemade vanilla ice cream recipe.)  It was excellent!

And my husband ate his mixed in with yogurt for breakfast.  He agreed that the flavor was good, but it was too crunchy.  I will be watching it like a hawk next time around!

Apple Cinnamon Granola

(Recipe adapted from: www.mywholefoodlife.com)

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (only ingredient: organic apples!)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a large baking pan (I prefer one with high sides) with parchment paper.  Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Mix wet ingredients in another bowl and then pour the wet over the dry and mix thoroughly.  Spread onto the pan and put in the oven for 10 minutes.  Stir every 10 minutes until semi dried up (it will cook more after taking it out of the oven). Maybe about 30 minutes?  Enjoy!

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