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Caramel Apple Granola #FoodieExtravaganza

caramel apple granolaSeriously. 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:

caramel apple granola

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:Caramel Apple Granola

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:

caramel apple granola

See? So easy. And my house smells awesome on this rainy day- a perfect time for this recipe!

Caramel Apple Granola

Caramel Apple Granola


  • 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)
  • Wet
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil (like canola or safflower)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • *1 tsp. almond (or vanilla) extract


  1. In a large bowl add all of the dry ingredients except the apples and mix together until totally combined.
  2. Without opening the apple bags, crush the apples with your hands. Add these to the dry mixture.
  3. In a small pot, add the wet ingredients except the extract.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
Foodie Extravaganza

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

Clean Eating Peanut-Free Chewy Granola Bars

granola bars

No refined sugars=mom happy, no peanuts=school happy, chewy with chocolate=kid happy.

A trifecta of happy. These are the bars.

This is the recipe that I have needed to create for 4 years. It is so easy, and now since I can make them myself using Almond butter, I can pack it in the school lunches. Hallah!

Clean Eating Peanut-Free Chewy Granola Bars

This is a great option for including granola bars into kids' lunches without worrying if there are peanuts in them! Easy to make with ready to find ingredients. They aren't too sweet, but just sweet enough with the chocolate chips.


  • 1 Tbsp. flax meal mixed with 2 Tbsp. water (flax "egg")
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup nut butter (Almond is best here)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 2 Tbsp. almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350*.

Make the flax egg by mixing the 1 Tbsp. flax meal with 2 Tbsp. water, and set aside.

Using a food processor, mix the raisins, dates, and 2 Tbsp. almond milk on high speed until it is tiny rice-sized crumbles.

Place mixture in a large bowl.

Add the honey, almond butter, vanilla, and the flax "egg."

Mix thoroughly.

Add the 2 cups of oats, and mix until the oats are completely covered in the date mixture.

Add the chocolate chips until combined.

Dump it into a 8X8 inch baking pan, that has been sprayed or lined with parchment, and press down until level (I use waxed paper for this).

Bake 15-20 minutes until the edges are just brown. Remove from the oven.

Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.


*If you are vegan, you can substitute brown rice syrup for the honey and use vegan chocolate chips. ** If you are not worried about peanut allergies, than feel free to substitute. If you use sunflower butter, the baking process can turn your granola bars green! Shocking to look at, but fine to eat!



This is linked up with FoodieFriday  (lots of recipes here!).

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Protein Granola


I love this new granola. I have posted granola before and I lovelovelove that recipe! This one is new though. Inspired by my new favorite workout blogger (tabata!) I made a few changes to her recipe because I can only make what I have on-hand in ingredients already- my children sometimes just won’t let me leave the house- I am sure you get this.  And change is sometimes good-  Keeps things interesting.  Full of protein, good for you ingredients, and plenty of crunch (and a bit of sweet) this little number kind of rings my bell in the morning.  If I have a smoothie for breakfast, a handful of this is just a little crunch on the side… so my mouth doesn’t forget how to chew.  A real thing.  Just saying.

Just mix the dry:

protein granola

Mix the dry in a HUGE bowl to make this really easy. I use my salad bowl!

With the wet:

protein granola

Press the wet into flattened huge granola bar.

And Bake.

protein granola

Voila! Done in under 30 minutes!

Here’s the recipe.  Pin it to save!:

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Protein Granola

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Protein Granola


  • Dry Mix:
  • 2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned kind)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 scoop (3 Tbsp) of a vanilla flavored protein powder (I use a vegan brand)
  • Wet Mix:
  • 1/4 cup smooth, natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup overflowing of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix the wet until combined.

Add the wet to the dry, making sure to totally cover and incorporate all the wet with the dry. I think pressing with a rubber spatula does the job nicely.

Line a rimmed sheet pan, or cookie sheet with parchment.

Press the mixture into the pan, so it looks like one big, flat granola bar - should be 1/2 inch thick or so.

Next, bake for 20 minutes at 350*.

Using a flat spatula, flip the granola over (it will break up a bit) and bake for another 15-20 until it is lightly browned and hardened up. Don't overcook, as the cranberries will be too hard.

Remove from the oven, and let cool. Break it into large pieces and store covered.


Let me know in the comments below:

What do you think? Try? Pass? Sick of pumpkin?

I have to have crunch in the morning or I feel deprived of my eating.  What do you NEED in the morning to get you going- coffee aside!