My wife and I love eating local foods, and also eating foods in their natural season. In late summer and fall, that means enjoying apples while they are in their prime. This year we ate apples from a couple of different local orchards, and even picked some ourselves at Joe’s Orchard.
We enjoyed those apples in a number of different ways, including salads, applesauce, and apple leather. We even dehydrated quite a few of them, which concentrates the flavor. We make our homemade dried apples without added sugar or preservatives, and they make for a healthy and tasty snack. They’re also good added to oatmeal, and baked goods. But I’m always looking for more ways to use these little morsels.
Apple Cinnamon Granola (click on any image to enlarge)
This fall I decided to come up with a granola that combines two of my favorite flavor treats: dried apples and cinnamon. This granola also calls for honey, which is one of my favorite sweeteners, and applesauce to add to the apple flavor.
granola topping fruit and yogurt
This homemade granola makes a great snack by itself, or add milk for cereal. It also adds flavor and crunch to fruit and yogurt, which is one of my favorite ways to use it.
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted)
1 cup dried apples, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray.
2. Combine honey, applesauce, oil, water, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a saucepan. Bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
3. Mix oats, wheat germ, walnuts and sunflower seeds in large mixing bowl. Pour honey mixture into bowl and stir until everything is well coated.
4. Spread granola evenly over two baking sheets. Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
5. Remove from the oven and place on cooling racks. Stir 1/2 cup dried apples into the granola on each sheet. Allow to cool completely. Store granola in an airtight container.