There is something about making your own granola that is really satisfying…(ok maybe its just me..?) but seriously, it makes your house smell incredible!! And, as an added bonus, you get to determine all your own ingredients. Plus its way easier than most people think and it makes a great lasting snack or breakfast for the week.
I have been making this granola for years and adopted it from an old granola bar recipe, which is why it is so chunky and amazing. It has tons of good-for-you fats (like those from almond butter, chia seeds, and hemp seeds), dried apple for fiber and added crunch, cinnamon (which is anti-inflammatory and has lots of antioxidants helping to fight free radicals), organic rolled oats, and is sweetened with both brown rice and maple syrup (both of which are from natural plant sources and are in their purest form).
It has been a long time favorite in our house and I make different versions of it depending on the season and what is available. You can make variations with different dried fruits, spices, seeds and nuts to change it up and roll with the current season. I served this bowl with organic strawberries from our local farmers market and Marin Living Foods Almond Milk (my favorite!) with only two ingredients- almonds and water.
This little bowl of granola packs in so many important fats, energy providing carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and plant-based ingredients. I hope you love it as much as we do!
- 2 cups organic rolled oats
- ¾ cup organic dried apples (sliced into ½" pieces)
- ½ cup organic almond butter (only ingredient should be almonds)
- ¼ cup organic maple syrup
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ⅛ cup organic brown rice syrup
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp organic cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp himalayan pink salt
- Preheat oven to 350
- Slice the dried apples into ½" pieces
- In a large sauce pot heat the almond butter, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup on low until smooth
- Add in the cinnamon, salt, and vanilla and stir
- At this point you can turn off the burner as it does not need to heat anymore
- Add in the apples, chia seeds, and hemp seeds and stir until covered
- Finally add in the rolled oats and stir until covered
- Place granola on a large cookie sheet (I like to use parchment paper to avoid sticking) and spread evenly
- Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden brown on top and take out to cool
- Enjoy with almond milk, yogurt, by itself, or any way you like!