Yesterday I tried her recipe for Maple Cinnamon Granola with only slight hesitation at the inclusion of cinnamon. I've been looking for a healthy, tasty granola to pair nicely with my homemade yogurt & a drizzle of honey (my favorite snack ever!) and the idea of cinnamon just didn't seem to fit the bill - at least in my mind. I've always thought of cinnamon as more a holiday flavor and pairing with sugar & sweets. But I decided to try it anyway since my last two batches have been quite dull in flavor. I also omitted the water she called for and added an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract instead. :)
|Fresh out of the oven & cooling.|
5 cups rolled thick oats
2 Tbs whole flax seed
2 Tbs wheat bran
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted almonds (I would have added a whole cup but this is all I had today)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup applesauce, homemade so it has a few chunks in it
3 tsp vanilla extract
Mix oats, flax, wheat bran, cinnamon, salt & almonds together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix syrup, applesauce and vanilla together. Pour wet over dry ingredients, being sure the oats are fully coated. Pour onto a greased baking sheet in an even layer. Bake at 325*F for about 30 minutes (until oats are golden brown & no longer wet), stirring about every 10 minutes.
While cooling, add in 1 1/2 cups unsalted peanuts and 1 cup dried cherries. Stir occasionally while cooling. Store in an airtight container.