I love granola and really believe that the homemade kind is the best. It’s a softer texture than most store-bought granola and the flavors are always much bolder.
Granola is not only a tasty breakfast or snack but it’s a great gift. Put it in a cute jar and tie with a pretty ribbon or make it rustic with a mason jar and a little twine. No need for a hostess gift or prefer not to give food this holiday season? Then whip up a batch and store it for a few weeks for your own holiday entertaining.
Apple Cinnamon Granola
Makes 5 cups of granola
- 3 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
- 4-5 oz. dried apples, chopped small
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- dash of ground nutmeg
- dash of ground cloves
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tbs. honey
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix together dry ingredients (oats, apples, sugar, spices, and salt) until thoroughly combined. In a separate small bowl, stir together wet ingredients (applesauce, honey, vanilla and oil).
Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until coated. Spread evenly onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Allow granola to cool completely on baking sheet.
Store in an airtight container. Granola will keep for at least a few weeks.
Serve with milk, over yogurt or ice cream, or eat by the handful on its own.