Apple Pie Granola
In order for me to feel my best, I always need healthy snacks and products on hand. This means that my fridge is loaded with fresh fruit, veggies, and nut butters, and that my pantry is stocked with coconut oil, rolled oats, and cereal. And you can bet that I always have three or four different bags of granola neatly aligned in a row, so all my cravings, whether they be for chocolate or salty pecan or a sweeter maple, can be satisfied.
Yet, while I love granola, I also find many of the store-bought versions way too sweet. My go to brands are Purely Elizabeth and Kind because of the low added sugar content, but even these can be a bit too sweet for my taste.
After making my savory granola a few months ago for the first time, I began to wonder whether or not I could make a sweet granola with the fraction of the added sugar found in my favorite store-bought brands. The problem with lowering the maple syrup/honey/agave content in granola is that oftentimes the oats will not be sticky enough to solidify in clumps and get that crunchy texture that I really adore.
So, I tried a few versions and the first few times I utterly failed. Yet, they never tasted wrong… they just weren’t sticky enough. Eventually, I found the perfect ratio of oats to coconut oil to maple syrup to make the granola clumpy, crunchy, and just sweet enough for my perpetual granola cravings. Plus, it’s apple pie flavored, which means pretty much everyone should love it too ;)
What are your favorite granola brands? Have you ever tried making your own granola?
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
- 1/2 cup pure applesauce
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
First, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients altogether, and in a smaller bowl the wet. Then, add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly until all the oats are coated and the wet mixture is spread throughout.
Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet, making sure it is not piled up, but evenly spread across. Place into the oven for 25 minutes, or until toasted, stirring halfway through. Once done, turn the oven off and keep the mixture in the oven for up to two hours. This allows the granola to solidify in clumps. Once you take the mixture out, break the granola up, and store in an airtight container.
Put on your oatmeal, your pancakes, or your favorite smoothie and enjoy!