Thursday, November 1, 2012

Spiced Maple & Olive Oil Granola with Dried Apples

This granola just tastes like fall. Like pumpkin or apple pie in a crunchy, healthy snack form ready to be sprinkled on top of yogurt, fruit or heck, even ice cream.

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Walnuts, almonds, oats, flax and hemp seeds spiced with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg served with crispy apple slices dehydrating while you sleep.

Spiced Maple Granola
2 cups (regular or GF) old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup golden flax seeds
1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
1 tbl cinnamon
1 tbl salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup organic light brown sugar
3 tbl extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 300.
Combine the oats, walnuts, almonds, flax, hemp seeds, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cloves in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup, brown sugar and olive oil and toss to combine evenly.
Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes, tossing every 15-20 minutes.
Let cool before packing up.
Serve with crumbled dried apple slices over yogurt.

Dried Apples
2 apples, I chose fuji & braeburn, unpeeled, cored, thinly sliced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnmon

Place the apple slices in a bowl of water with lemon juice and cinnamon. Let sit for 10 minutes. Drain and place in a dehydrator.
All dehydrators are different with temperatures and cooking times. I dried mine at 135 degrees for 12 hours.
At 10 hours they were perfectly chewy, if that is the texture you like, but I wanted more of a crispy chip so I went 2 more hours.

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