Maple Apple Granola

One of my favorite snacks happens to be granola. Both sweet and crunchy, it’s the perfect snack for any time of the day. Unfortunately, many store-brought granolas contain peanuts and other tree nuts, so I usually make my own. It so happens that many recipes I found online also contained different types of nuts. Each of these recipes would be a bit dull if all of the extra ingredients were taken out so I came up with this recipe, which includes cereal and pretzels, so you still have that nice crunch without the nuts.

Yield: 2 cups

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

½ cup of dried apple (You can make your own or buy them)

1 cup oats

½ cup cheerios

¼ cup pretzels

1 tsp of cinnamon

2 tbsp. of maple syrup

¼ of vegetable oil

¼ cup brown sugar

½ tsp of vanilla

Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (Oats, cheerios, pretzels, apple, cinnamon, and salt) in a medium sized bowl.IMG_4940
  3. Combine oil, brown sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil. After about 30 seconds remove from heat.
  4. Stir the sugar mixture into the dry mixture and spread on a cookie sheet. IMG_4945
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, stopping to mix after half the time.
  6. Allow to cool and store in a plastic bag

Though it’s the middle of summer, my favorite flavors happen to be ones that remind me of Fall which is why I decided to include dried apples and maple syrup. This granola recipe can easily be changed up by swapping out the dried apples for other dried fruits and taking out the maple syrup and using coconut oil or honey instead. This nut-free granola can be enjoyed anytime over yogurt or just by itself. Bon appétit!

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