Granola

EARTH ANGEL VEGAN Granola can be customized to whatever flavor you love…sweet or savory! Mine this time was pumpkin spice. It is very easy to make and comes out crispy and delicious. Perfect as a cereal or as a topping for yogurt, nice-cream, baked fruit, raw fruit salads or just as a snack by the handful. Switch up the spices and this granola could be a savory snack or topping. Use your imagination!

 

RECIPE

Pre-heat oven to 340 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2 cups old fashioned oats

3 Tablespoons agave or pure maple syrup

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds – or more if you like

1-2 Tablespoons of your favorite spice mix (I used pumpkin pie spice)

1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries etc) – optional to add at the end

Combine all ingredients except dried fruit and stir to combine until none of the oats are dry.  Spread the mixture on the baking tray in a thin layer.  Bake for 15 minutes take out and stir and return for another 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool… mix in dried fruit if using.  It will crisp more as it cools.  Store in an airtight container.

You can use savory spice mixes as well and then the spicy granola can be used on a salad or eaten like a crunch snack. If you are going to make it savory… leave out the syrup and add an additional 3 Tablespoons of the applesauce.  Chopped nuts can be added to both the sweet and savory mixes.  Orange, lemon, or lime zest can be can also be added to the moist mix before baking.

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I used my granola to top my chocolate nice-cream!  It was delicious!    Going to try it on some baked apples this week.  It makes the house smell amazing!  An excellent way to… eat your oats.

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