This granola came to me in a dream the other night. Randomly, I’ll wake up with an answer to a question I’ve had or a new idea to use in the classroom. This time, however, it was an idea for granola using dried apples. I used my peanut butter granola recipe as a starting point, since it’s pretty popular and people seem to enjoy it. My mother, who has never been a fan of anything granola-related thoroughly enjoyed this granola. And when I asked her if I should try it again with apple butter or apple extract, she said No, it’s perfect! Not too sweet, not too crunchy, just right. So I took my granola-born-again mother’s word for it.
Ingredients (makes about 4 cups, cooked):
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup almonds
- 3 Tbsp almond butter
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups chopped dried apples
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a high speed blender/food processor, blend the oats and almonds until they almost form a flour. (Leave some of the almonds a little chunkier.)
- Transfer mixture to a medium sized bowl and add all other ingredients, mashing with a fork in order to evenly distribute the almond butter, syrup, and oil.
- Place in a large pan so the mixture is in one shallow layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes. During cooling, about 10-15 minutes, let it sit without stirring it. This will create those beloved granola nuggets/globs.
What’s your favorite way to eat granola?