Do y’all remember “it’s Friday, Friday, gonna get down on Friday” that horrrrrrible song that came out a few years ago and was stuck in your head constantly (and now it is probably stuck in your head again, so sorry). WELL not as many know but my husband informed me that the same producer who produced the Friday song produced another one and the lyrics include “oh oh oh it’s thanksgiving! We we we we gonna have a good time.” If you haven’t heard that little gem you should check out “It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook- or don’t because it will be stuck in your head FOR DAYS, not trying to be mean, it’s just “too catchy” if ya know what I mean… Anyway, this song was brought to my attention again a few days ago and it has been really getting me in the thanksgiving spirit (jokes) and annoying me all in one.
One of the first things I think about when I think of Thanksgiving is apple pie. There are probably thousands upon thousands of apple pie recipes out there but how many apple pie granola recipes are out there?? Hmm? I don’t know, I actually did not check but I’m gonna guess not many. Well, today I have for you, Apple Pie Granola- healthful, modestly sweet, a great snack or a great way to start your day in a bowl with almond milk or on top of yogurt. I hope you enjoy! It isn’t your grandma’s apple pie recipe, that’s for sure- but it also doesn’t include 8 lbs of butter and sugar and instead has nutrient dense superfoods like chia seeds and flax meal.
Time: 10 mins prep
20 mins in the oven
3 C rolled oats
1 TBS flax meal (ground flax seeds)
3 TBS coconut sugar
1 TBS chia seeds
1 TBS cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
½ C walnut pieces
½ C finely chopped granny smith apple
¼ C melted coconut oil
½ C unsweetened applesauce
¼ C maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats, flax meal, coconut sugar, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, walnut pieces, and apple pieces) and mix well.
- Combine wet ingredients (melted coconut oil, unsweetened apple sauce, maple syrup, and vanilla) in a small bowl and mix well.
- Add liquids to dry ingredient bowl and stir well.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dump the mixture on, spread evenly
- Bake 20 minutes total but take out after 10 minutes to stir (this helps prevent burning) and then add back into the oven for 10 minutes. You want your granola to look golden brown but not burnt brown. I’ve learned many ovens are different so you get to be the judge!
- Let cool for 15 minutes
- Enjoy plain, put on top of yogurt, or throw in a bowl with some almond milk!