I currently have an over-sized bag of apples sitting in our apartment from our recent apple picking excursion. I can guarantee that they will be gone before too long, since I have been eating about three to four a day and I keep thinking of ways to incorporate them into meals. I love granola, but only when it is homemade. I feel that store bought has way too much unnecessary sugar and fat. I decided to bake healthy Apple Cinnamon Granola to eat for breakfast layered between Greek yogurt or just to nibble on as a snack. Continue for recipe...
One large apple, diced into small pieces (I used Cortland)
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons oil (vegetable or canola)
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dice apple into small pieces and add to a medium sized bowl. Add oats, oil, honey, cinnamon, almonds, vanilla extract and salt. Mix to combine. Spread onto baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, (depending on how crunch you want your granola) stirring every 5 to 7 minutes to ensure even baking. Sprinkle on Greek yogurt and enjoy!
*All photographs by Alison