I am back after taking a mini vacation up to a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in New Hampshire. Right on Lake Winnisquam. Sometimes you just need to get away from it all… Ahhh! It’s just the best to have someone make a lavish breakfast for you, and there were always freshly baked cookies. It’s like visiting your favorite Grandma, without having to help out in the kitchen More on that soon! But before leaving, I had to make a few things that I could bring, for snacks and since I really did not know about the whole cookie thing they had going until we got there… And besides we were going to be on the road for six or seven hours. So I decided on another granola. Thanks to Heidi over at LightlyCrunchy who made this fantastic Apple Cranberry Granola, I was inspired to add the apple rings to my granola instead of just indiscriminately munching on them. I had never thought of using up my dried apple rings in a granola, what an ingenious idea!
before adding milk or yogurt, can’t decide which I like best…
I go through phases, I find something, love it eat a whole bunch and then, not sure, but forget about it for a while? or get kind of tired of the taste? Anyhow I found myself with a good size bag of dried apple rings living in my cupboard, so now it can find its way into my breakfast and snacks Delicious! The only thing I will work on for next time? Portability. Try eating granola while in the car… Not easy!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/2 cup dried apple rings, chopped
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
- (1/4 cup agave nectar or honey, optional*)
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 4 tbsp flax meal/ground flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp water, let rest 5 minutes
* If you are making this for the first time, use the additional sweetener (the honey or agave syrup) especially if you are trying to transition kids or the ‘I don’t have a sweet tooth’ husbands to a lower sugar diet, then over time gradually reduce the amount of sweetener added
- Preheat oven to 275º F
- Mix all the flakes, flour and seeds with the raisins and the apple pieces
- In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients: rice syrup, honey/agave, coconut oil and the flax meal mixed with the water.
- Add the wet ingredients to the oat mixture, stir well until evenly distributed, spread on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Stir, bake 10 minutes, stir again and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
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