It is finally fall, and finally October and everyone is going crazy about pumpkins. For a good reason. They are insanely delicious and can be eaten basically with anything. But because of this hype so many people are forgetting about apples. The super delicious, sweet or sour apples that are in season right not, that are available in so many different colors, shapes, and flavors. They are seasonal at the moment and grow local here in Austria. I feel apples are underrated and we should actually keep the quote „an apple a day keeps the doctor away“ in mind every day.
Apples actually are pretty healthy. They are really rich in fiber, antioxidants, reasonable amounts of Vitamin C and K. That being said we should consider eating one a day. But the famous little sentence we tell all the kids does not mention the form we should eat them in. So why not eating them in a different way than usually?! Why not eating them in form of Granola. In form of Fall Apple Granola. To be honest, it doesn’t still contain a lot of vitamins in that form, but it gives us an excuse to eat apples.
This granola tastes like fall in a bowl. It instantly gives you the feeling of hiking through the vineyards and grabbing fresh apples from the tree while all the leaves are turning red and yellow. It gives you the feeling of collecting chestnuts and smelling that good fall flavor. I love eating this on top of a cozy oatmeal or in a yoghurt bowl for breakfast. The crunch makes it a perfect topping for any creamy base or also with milk when enjoyed as cereal.
I decided to make this granola with popcorn to lighten it up a little, and give it more volume. The popcorn also soaks up the liquid ingredients really well and just soaks up all of the flavor. The oats, pumpkin seeds and nuts add some texture, fall feeling, as well as good carbs and healthy fats. The flax seeds, some fiber, and the hemp seeds some protein. The dried apples and cranberries add some sweetness and chewiness which makes it really addicting. A necessary ingredient which definitely can’t be left out is the cinnamon. It adds sweetness, is super healthy, and makes it all cozy and comforting. Last but not least I added some sea salt to bring out the flavor and maca powder (which is optional) because it has a lot of health benefits.
The liquid ingredients are pretty clean and simple too. I am using Apple sauce (of course) as a base to get that Apple flavor and sweetness without any refined sugars. The coconut oil adds some fats and helps to crisp up the granola when in the oven. The maple adds sweetness and color as it will caramelize in the oven while baking and turn everything delicious golden-brown. When mixing together it already combines the different flavors and smells.
You will be able to smell it in the entire house once you take it out of the oven and you won’t have to wait until everything is gone. Won’t take long, I promise. It last up to one month when stored in an air tight container but mine was gone way quicker. I hope that you will enjoy this recipe and if you decide to recreate it be sure to tag me in your post with @uneptcuisiniere or #unepetitecuisiniere
Apple Granola (V,SF)
A delicious fall twist on your regular Granola perfect for October!
What you will need
- 50 G Popcorn
- 30 G Almonds Chopped
- 30 G Oats
- 30 G Pumpkin seeds
- 1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tsp Maca Powder
- 20 g Cranberries
- 20 g Dried Apples
- 100 G Apple Sauce or Apple Butter
- 1 tbsp coconut Oil
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
That’s how it works:
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Chop the Almonds. Add them into a big bowl along with all the other dry ingredients except for the dried Apple. Mix them well until all combined.
In a smaller bowl mix together the Apple sauce, molten coconut oil an maple until it has a smooth consistency.
Pour the liquid mixture over the dry one and gently stir through until all of it is covered. Then spread it on a baking tray covered with parchment paper and bake it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.
When done take it out of the oven and let cool completely. Meanwhile chop up the dried apples. Mix the through the granola. Now you can also add cranberries or any other add ins that you would like.
Store it in an air tight container for up to one month. It is best enjoyed over Jogurt, Porridge, or simply with milk.
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