Seriously. Caramel Apple taste made in granola form. When you make this, you are going to love it! And…it’s healthy for you!!! Full of all kinds of good for you ingredients, you don’t have to feel bad about this Caramel Apple- you just need to make it!
It’s so easy too- Just add all the dry ingredients to a BIG bowl, so you have plenty of room to mix it all up in:
I add these yummy and crunchy apples to the mix- to be honest, I have never bought these before, but I wanted a crunchy apple not a mushy one, and I liked how convenient these pouches were:
Then heat up some honey, brown sugar, and oil to make a caramel-ish wet mixture, mix it with the dry ingredients, and then spread it all in a pan and bake:
See? So easy. And my house smells awesome on this rainy day- a perfect time for this recipe!
- 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup cashew pieces
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 2 Tbsp. flax seeds
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 .36oz packages freeze dried apples (the crunchy kind)
- 1/2 cup neutral oil (like canola or safflower)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- *1 tsp. almond (or vanilla) extract
- In a large bowl add all of the dry ingredients except the apples and mix together until totally combined.
- Without opening the apple bags, crush the apples with your hands. Add these to the dry mixture.
- In a small pot, add the wet ingredients except the extract.
- Heat the wet ingredients over medium heat until they simmer a bit. Continue to simmer, constantly stirring until the bubbles won't disappear and the sugar is all dissolved. Remove from the heat, and stir in the extract.
- Pour this over the dry ingredients, scraping the pan with a rubber spatula. Carefully mix the wet into the dry using the spatula until it is totally covered in the sugar mixture.
- Spread evenly on a rimmed sheet pan and bake for one hour at 325*. Using a spatula, turn the mixture every 15 minutes to make sure it all bakes evenly and browns nicely. Cook up to an additional 15 minutes if you like your granola especially crunchy. Let cool on the pan, and store in a ziplock bag or tupperware for as long as it lasts!
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You know I love my granola! My Crunchy & Hearty Granola or Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola can give you some other ideas for making my favorite snack!
This recipe for Caramel Apple Granola is just one of many inspired by this month’s theme of “Caramel.” Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party where bloggers come together to create recipes using the same ingredient. The host, this month it’s Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas, and she chose caramel recipes. If you’re a blogger and would like to join in the fun, you can request to join on this Facebook page. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of the month. If you’d like to see past recipes, you can follow our Pinterest board too.
Here are the Caramel Recipes from this month’s inspiration:
Gooey Caramel Cake – Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Easter Coconut Bird’s Egg Nests – Palatable Pastimes
Ooey Gooey Salted Caramel Cake – A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Apple Granola – Hardly a Goddess
Caramel Apple Dip – Sew You Think You Can Cook
Banana Chia Pudding with Date Caramel – Caroline’s Cooking
Affogato – Vanilla Ice Cream With Espresso, Caramel Sauce And Salted Almonds – Sneha’s Recipes
Fa’ausi (Samoan Coconut Caramel Bread) – Tara’s Multicultural Table