Cinnamon Apple Granola

This granola is one of my oldest and most loved recipes. Even before veganism found its way into my life, I loved to have a crunchy and sweet granola for breakfast. But I never trusted the expensive, ready made & plastic-wrapped stuff. So I came up with my own, healthy version, when I was about 16 years old.

The gap between store-bought and homemade granola is so vast, there is no bridging it. There is only accepting, that once you know how to make your own, you can not go back to buying it.

My Cinnamon Apple Granola: I just love the nutty texture and the sweet echoe of maple syrup and cinnamon. Eating a bowl of this with homemade cashew milk is life! It also works great on vegan yogurt, sprinkled over fruit or nice cream.

You make it once, you’ll have to make it again!

My big cluster tricks?  Nothing works quite like nut butter and coconut oil (which bakes brilliantly) and syrup. With this combination, you will produce many happy batches of granola the years to come, trust me.

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Ingredients:

(for one big bowl granola)

2 cups oats

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1 cup of chopped walnuts

1 small chopped up apple

1/3 chia seeds

2 tbsp peanut butter

3 tbsp maple syrup

2 tsp cinnanom

1/2 cup raisins

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Add nuts, oats, apple and chia in a large bowl and mix them well.
  3. In a small bowl, blend peanut butter and syrup, adding in the cinnamon and stirring well.
  4. Give the sweet sauce into the bowl with the oat mix and combine well. This should form a delicious nutty bowl of perfectly sweet goodness, which is slightly sticky.
  5. Place the mixture on a backing tray topped with parchment paper and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until crunchy. Now, you really want to watch your granola! Don’t ask me how many perfect batches of muesli I have burned for being careless. You will need to stir the granola during this time, so it gets nicely toasted from all sides.
  6. Once the granola is cooked perfectly, remove the tray from the oven and allow it to cool. Only then you stir in the raisins.
  7. You can store the granola in an airtight container up to 1 week. But I am sure it won’t survive that long 😉

ENJOY!

Tip: You can always use other nuts and replace the raisins with dried apricots, pieces of dates or cranberries.

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