I am really hoping that it isn’t too late to be posting about apples and cranberries but seriously…it could not be avoided! I am a creature of habit to a certain extent and I go for weeks at a time hooked on certain foods. For a long time, every morning I would grab a couple of Cherry Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies from the freezer to enjoy with my first of many cups of coffee. (confession #1: I eat them frozen b/c there is simply no other way…) (confession #2: I discovered that I quite like frozen cookies and desserts after freezing any excess baked goods I had laying around in a failed attempt to curb my snacking….turns out desserts are actually even BETTER eaten this way…that plan definitely backfired!)
Anyways, after I ate more breakfast cookies than any one person should really eat, I moved on to the glory of Blueberry Almond Flax Granola…with almond milk…and it was AWESOME. So awesome in fact that I decided to stick with the granola and almond milk for while longer, jazzing it up by creating a new version…enter Apple Cranberry Granola…and yes, I realize it’s a little sad that I consider apples and cranberries capable of jazzing anything up…or maybe it’s just sad that I used the word jazz in referencing breakfast…..or maybe you know WAY more about my breakfast routine than you ever wanted to……I just really love breakfast and trust me, you will too after trying this. I don’t know about you but I LOVE clusters and look at those…aren’t they glorious?
The great thing about this recipe is that it is totally up to you how “clustery” your granola is. I tend to break mine up just enough to mix in some cranberries and apples but the choice is yours…if there really is a choice when it come to clusters…. hmmmmm LOVE that crunch! Now, you might be interested to know that even though the apples are dried, they do still carry a bit of moisture which I noticed softened up my granola a tiny bit after a couple days SO if you prefer super crunchy granola, just sprinkle on the cranberries and apples right before you eat. I mixed mine all together and stored it in an airtight container and although a little softer, it still has a decent crunch factor….I haven’t tried freezing it yet….but it’s not out of the question either;)
Apple Cranberry Granola
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 2/3 cup golden milled flaxseed
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/8 teaspoon maple extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
- 2/3 cup dried apple rings (chopped)
Preheat oven 250F
In a large bowl, combine the oats, flaxseed, and spices and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the syrup, applesauce, and extracts.
Pour the syrup mixture into the oats and stir until thoroughly combined.
Spread onto a lined cookie sheet and bake for 60 minutes stirring every 15 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before mixing in the apples and cranberries.
Store in an airtight container.
1/2 cup = 155 calories