Can't you smell it? The nutty spiced scent of my apple granola warms the whole house. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove swirl through my kitchen and everyone comes running!
Granola is the perfect healthy breakfast and it's gluten-free and completely vegan. While I love this granola on top of cereal or in yogurt it's also delicious on its own as a snack. If your kids are like mine, sometimes they need a healthy power boost before their next athletic event. This fits the bill perfectly.
We've been trying to incorporate more healthy fruits, nuts and whole grains into our daily diets. This granola and my maple almond granola are regular staples in my kitchen pantry.
The recipe ingredients are easy to find in your local grocery store. Check the dried fruit aisle for dried apples. One 2-ounce bag yielded one cup of chopped dried apples. I also added dried cranberries for a pop of sweetness and color.
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Nutty Spiced Apple Granola
Makes 6-7 cups. Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Printable Recipe
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1.5 cup almonds, sliced
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 cup dried apples
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 300°F.
In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, applesauce and maple syrup. Next, add in the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Mix until well combined. Pour the mixture onto rimmed cookie sheets.
Cook for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven when the granola is golden brown and add the dried apples to the warm granola. Allow the granola to cool before adding the dried cranberries.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container.