Apple Cinnamon Granola

April 17th, 2013 12:45 pm by Kelly Garbato

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How am I just now making apple cinnamon flavored granola? Apples and cinnamon are, like, my thang.

As it turns out, I didn’t even think of this combo until after a botched attempt at orange granola, using concentrated OJ (way, way too much concentrated OJ) as the main seasoning. The fail might have been epic, but at least it inspired me to use frozen apple juice in this next batch. In moderation, of course!

 

Apple Cinnamon Granola

Ingredients

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon frozen apple juice concentrate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon (+ an extra teaspoon if you like your apples super-cinnamony!)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
6 cups quick or rolled oats
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup dehydrated apple slices, cut into bite-sized pieces
2/3 cup raisins (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 300F.

2. Start by roasting the oats! (Optional.) Lightly grease two medium-sized baking sheets with sides. Divide the oats between the two and spread them out evenly. Bake at 300F for 20 minutes, stirring at the halfway point.

3. In a bowl or measuring cup, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, apple sauce, maple syrup, and spices; mix well.

4. In a large bowl, combine the oats and almonds. Stir to combine. Pour the apple mix on top of the oats and mix until well blended.

5. Spread the oats out evenly on the baking sheets. Bake at 300F for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. If necessary, break up any large clumps with a spoon or by hand. Allow to cool on the countertop for at least a half hour before stirring in the raisins and apple slices and transferring to an airtight container or ziplock bag. The granola can be frozen for longer storage.

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