Farmhouse Apple Pie Granola

One of my favourite things to have around the house is granola. A bit of fruit and some milk or yogurt and there’s something wonderful ready to eat.
Store bought granola can contain unknown ingredients, and cost way more than is reasonable for a really good organic brand. I use all organic ingredients in mine, and still get more for my buck.

This way, I get to pick what goes in and I like the way that, that sounds! I include nutritious nuts and i like to do a surprise mixture of oat, kamut and spelt flakes but you can stick with just oat flakes too if you prefer, or if that’s what you have around the house!
I’m big on “make do with what you got” so often times with any of my recipes, I will substitute similar items for ones that I have instead. Don’t have sunflower seeds? Why not try almond slivers? …You get the picture, I’m sure.

For this granola, I dry my own apple cubes to use. You can of course opt them out or swap fruits, but I really believe this to be worth it! I use the apples in our backyard, so it’s free too!

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I have made many versions of this recipe but this is my favourite way to do it. There’s something magical in the combination of apples, oats and spices.
The smell of you making this is sure to have your family come running to find out what delicious goodies you’re making!

Farmhouse Apple Pie Granola

In a large bowl combine:

3 cups flaked oats
1 cup puffed rice
1 cup puffed millet
1 .5 cups lightly toasted pumpkin seeds
1 cup lightly toasted sunflower seeds
3 tbsp. whole flax seeds

In a medium saucepan over medium heat:

1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. each, allspice and salt

Combine and heat until a smooth mixture, then add into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Coat the oat and nut mix thoroughly.
Spread onto parchment lined sheets, bake at 325F., stirring twice for 30-35 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack on pans.
Layer with homemade dried apple cubes, dried unsweetened cranberries and dried currants.

Enjoy!

 

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