My husband eats a bowl of yogurt with granola every single morning. After years of watching him pour bowls of sugar laden, processed granola that tasted kind of like cardboard, I decided to take things into my own hands and make my own. One of the great things about granola is how versatile it is. I’ve made a tropical granola with dried fruit and macadamia nuts and a granola with maple, cranberry, and crunchy quinoa. This Apple Walnut Granola is my ode to fall.
The key to good homemade granola is to use old fashioned oats (not the quick cooking ones!), so definitely check your package before starting. The oats really take on the flavor of what you add to them, which is awesome for adapting recipes like this to your taste and/or any allergy or dietary needs! In this recipe, I bring in fall flavors with simple ingredients like dried apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Chopped walnuts add a great texture and some fat and protein, making the granola hearty and filling.
One trick to getting chunkier granola: DON’T stir it while cooking. After gently pressing the wet granola into the pan (here’s my favorite pan), let it bake until just golden and then remove it from the oven and allow it to cool fully before breaking it up. If you like a looser granola – almost like a toasted muesli – then give it a good stir a few times while it’s in the oven. Your granola, your choice.
I love to serve the granola over greek yogurt and drizzled with a little bit of honey. Throwing a few extra bits of dried apple on top never hurt anyone, either. The granola keeps well for 7-10 days in an airtight container. It also makes a great gift when put in a pretty jar!
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Apple Walnut Granola
All the flavors of fall in a quick, healthy granola.
- 2.5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup dried apples, chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
Add the wet ingredients and stir to combine, ensuring all of the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool and then break into chunks. Keeps in an airtight container for up to a week.
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