Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Apple Spice Granola

Plain greek yogurt with granola is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts. It's fast and full of great protein and whole grains. This apple spice version is no different-great on yogurt or eaten with milk (or by the handful!). Take the time to make this granola and you will have an easy and healthy breakfast for weeks.

Apple Spice Granola
Adapted Recipe and Photos by Jill Chall

5 c old fashioned oats
1 c dry (uncooked) quinoa
1 c chopped pecans
2 1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground allspice
1/2 t ground nutmeg
3/4 t salt
1 c unsweetened applesauce
1/4-1/2 c brown sugar (depending on sweetness you want-I used 1/4 c)
3 T honey
1 T canola oil
1 t vanilla 
1 1/2 c dried apples, chopped
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix oats, quinoa, pecans, spices, and salt. 
In a pot, over medium heat, stir applesauce, brown sugar, honey, and oil together until combined and bubbling. Turn off the heat and stir in the 1 t of vanilla.
Stir wet mixture into oat mixture, until fully incorporated. Spread mixture evenly and in a thin layer on the 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.  
Bake at 300 degrees for 45-50 minutes until golden brown. Stir every 10-15 minutes for even cooking. Let cool completely then stir in the chopped dried apples. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

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