Apple Spice Granola


This granola is full of such delicious apple spice flavor and perfumes the house with the warmest coziest smell while it’s baking that it literally draws people into the kitchen to see what’s baking. You would have thought there were apple pies in there the way my husband camped out in front of the oven waiting to dig in! This recipe came about when my sister asked if I could help her figure out a recipe to make her favorite granola from Whole Foods since it’s normally so expensive. She likes her granola with some clusters and after several batches playing with the proportions and baking time I finally locked in the method for just the right cluster factor. Throw a batch of this in the oven to warm and cozy up your house on one of these chilly fall mornings and watch the family come running!

This granola couldn’t be easier to make. Combine the dry ingredients including old fashioned oats and oat bran cinnamon and nutmeg, or apple pie spice, a pinch of salt, a tablespoon or two of flax seeds, if desired, and mix. Add peeled, diced apple and mix. Pour onto a lined baking sheet.

Serves 6 people

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

For Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 or 2 Tbs ground flax, optional (Helps with the clumping factor)
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and diced (no more than 1-1 1/2 cups)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbs maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Mix dry ingredients by combining old fashioned oats, oat bran, cinnamon, nutmeg, (or you could just use 1 1/2 tsps apple pie spice) and salt. Add ground flax seeds, if desired. (They help with the clumping factor when combined with liquid.)
  2. To dry ingredients add the peeled diced apple. Needs to be diced very small so it doesn’t release too much moisture while baking. Don’t chop too small, though, because the pieces can burn. Aim for each piece to be slightly bigger than the grains of the oats. Pour dry mixture with apples onto silicone lined baking sheet and spread out.
  3. In a small pot heat brown sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil stirring until combined and sugar is dissolved. Pour the syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and toss to coat thoroughly. Spread granola mixture out evenly over pan.
  4. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes without stirring. Then remove from oven and let sit to cool before stirring to help keep the clumps.
  5. For a non-cluster version bake at 325 for 20 minutes, stir then bake another 10-15 minutes.

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