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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Maple Apple Granola

This month, we're savoring the last days of summer and gearing up for fall (can you believe it?) with a collection of delicious apple recipes. First up, Elisabeth from Food Mouth shares her recipe for maple apple granola, perfect for breakfasts, after-school snacks or sprinkled over ice cream. Here's how to make it...

Maple Apple Granola
by Elisabeth of Food Mouth


I could eat granola every day. There’s something about the crunchy, sweet treat that always hits the spot, and this maple apple granola is no exception. The apple chunks crunch up nicely, but still retain that wonderful chewiness and sweetness that you want your dried fruit to have—plus they’re way more fun than your standard raisin or dried cranberry options. And the maple syrup coats everything so deliciously; it’s the perfect thing to snack on.

Oh, and did I mention the best part? It all comes together in the baking sheet you’ll use to cook the granola. No extra bowls needed! Oh yes, come on fall. We’re ready for you!

Recipe: Maple Apple Granola

What you’ll need:

3 jazz apples, cored and chopped
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw almonds, chopped
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup Grade A maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325F. Place chopped apples, oats, almonds, flaxseed meal and cinnamon in a large baking sheet and mix together. Cut in the butter with your hands, until only small pieces remain.

Pour maple syrup and vanilla into the baking sheet, and use your hands to thoroughly mix together all the ingredients.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, then toss with a spatula to break up large clumps. Place back in the oven and bake for 20 more minutes, until granola is mostly dry.

Toss the granola once more with the spatula and let it cool completely on the baking sheet before storing or serving.
Thank you so much, Elisabeth!

P.S. More recipes, including chocolate chip cookies and blueberry baked oatmeal.

(Photos and recipe courtesy of Food Mouth. Thanks to Caroline Donofrio for helping with this series)

35 comments:

Unknown said...

THIS LOOKS AMAZING.

Somebody from Somewhere said...

Looks ridiculously tasty!

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Lauren Burkitt said...

I'm the same as you, I could eat granola each and every day! It's my favourite treat. Can't wait to give this maple and apple flavour a try, perfect for Fall! Lovely photos, sending smiles :)

Ali Ebright said...

This granola looks beautiful! Love all of those fall flavors.

mandy said...

yum, this sounds delicious. yay for apple season! is there an oil you'd recommend in place of the butter to make it a bit more healthy?

jenn @ beyond the stoop said...

looks so good! I never tried adding apples to the mix.. sounds amazing :)

Caitlin said...

jazz apples. hell yeah.

Emily Marker said...

Looks delish! One question - does this need to be kept in the refrigerator or do the apple pieces dry out?

Sarah said...

How long would this keep for? With the suggesting baking time, I'm concerned the apples won't dry out enough and will make the granola mold... But I bet if you subbed dehydrated apples from TJ's, it would turn out great. Thanks for the recipe!

Clara Beffa said...

Hello, how long can I keep it stored?

Katrina said...

Sounds wonderful... How long does it keep?

Enara Girl said...

I have apples at home I could cook something. Very nice post :D
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Carly Burek said...

Holy wowza, this looks great! Can't wait to bake this and add it to my Greek yogurt breakfasts!

- Carly
www.playingforeats.com

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these comments! i asked elisabeth about how long it lasts, and she said: "It's good for about a week in an airtight container!"

Joy said...

Wow, looks great! I would never have thought of adding raw apple to granola. What a neat idea.

Thanks!

Leslie Rossi said...

Yum! I needed a new granola recipe to try this fall.

Leslie
http://www.alifewellconsumed.com

Deanne said...

Ooh, I bet this would be awesome with pear. Should it be stored in the fridge because of the apple?

Kate Dunphy said...

This looks so easy! A healthy and tasty alternative to boxed cereal. My kids would gobble this up :)

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Meghan said...

YUM!!

Cat at OddlyLovely.com said...

I love the idea of adding fresh fruit to granola! I wonder how long it lasts before the apple starts to go bad...

Cat
http://oddlylovely.com

Lynn DontBlameTheKids said...

Oh, yum. Perfect for autumn.

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Susan S. said...

@ Mandy, I have a granola recipe that uses walnut oil, which is very healthy. You might even want to sub walnuts for the almonds to keep a uniform flavor profile. I'd add a pinch of salt though since you'll be missing the salt in the butter.

Tammy said...

Wow I have to try this! What a perfect recipe to greet the Fall with :) Yum!

girlnamedallyn said...

This looks so good! I make our granola with maple syrup (http://girlnamedallyn.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/the-best-nut-free-granola/) and no nuts due to allergies, but I've never thought of adding fresh fruit. Definitely going to try this ASAP!

mandy said...

thanks for the suggestion, Susan! Walnut oil would be delicious. thanks for the suggestion. I also love the early bird granola with olive oil : ) it has a bit of the sweet and savory that is so tasty.

Ta da... said...

This looks so good! but anyone know how can i make this diabetic friendly?

kajsa olofsson said...

That sounds and looks delicious! Thats my fun weekend chore:).

dc said...

I make granola all the time, I'll add this one to my list. I use walnut oil mixed with maple syrup for my granola and mix everything in a large bowl before I pour it into a parchment paper-lined pan. Also minced lemon or orange zest adds a tasty flavor to almost everything including granola.

Christina Lasalle said...

For some reason I always thought I had to use dried apples for homemade granola, fresh apples just blew my mind!!

Kelly said...

This looks and sounds amazing, yum!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

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Hena Tayeb said...

that looks amazing

Aly said...

This granola is in my oven and smells delicious! I used olive oil and cut back on the maple syrup to make it a tad bit healthier than the recipe. Love the addition of apples and would have never thought to use them on my own!

Amy P said...

I make big batches of granola with chopped dried apricot and craisins in it that I keep around for up to two months. The dried fruit tends to give its moisture to the granola over time, making the oats softer and the fruit drier. I don't mind this, but if you love crunchy granola, you might want to roast your apples in a separate pan and store in a separate container and add them in as you eat it!

Oat Girl said...

Awesome granola recipe! Love the hearty apple chunks :]

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