Friday, September 2, 2011

Apple juice sweetened granola

We made several batches of granola last week in class. This wasn't your regular granola. Instead of using loads of oil, butter and refined sugars we used natural sweeteners like mashed bananas, maple syrup, honey and date syrup (pureed dates soaked in hot water).

We're headed to the beach Saturday, and I decided to whip up a big batch of granola to take with us. I had some apple juice in the fridge that was begging to be used. I think it gave the granola a great crunchy texture.

You'll see the recipe calls for a nuts/seeds and dried fruit mixture. Feel free to add your favorites here. I chose a seed mixture of flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds. For my dried fruit I used raisins. Most of the time I dice up apricots and toss after the granola has cooled. Dried cherries, pineapple, golden raisins or cranberries would be tasty too. Enjoy this granola mixed with plain yogurt and fruit for breakfast or as a healthy snack or dessert.

Apple juice sweetened granola
2 c rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of sea salt
1/2 c nuts/seeds mixture
1/2 c apple juice (no added sugar)
1/4 c honey
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp tahini
1/4 c dried fruit

Preheat oven to 300. Mix the dry ingredients (oats, cinnamon, sea salt and nuts) together in a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl mix together the juice, honey, almond extract and tahini. Then pour over the oats and mix well. Put a sheet of parchment or foil onto a baking sheet, and then spread your granola over this. Check the granola after 15 minutes, and mix the oats again. Bake for another 15 minutes and remove from heat. After the granola has cooled, mix in your dried fruit.

19 comments:

la domestique said...

I've never made granola sweetened with apple juice, will have to give that a try!

Hannah said...

yummy! I've been on the hunt for a nice granola recipe, I'll definitely bookmark this! A lot of them I've seen are sweetened with honey, so apple juice is a refreshing change!! :) xo

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I make granola all the time, so I need a new recipe to give some variety. This looks great!

Kate said...

adrienne! i just discovered your blog and i loovveee it. i went to unc chapel hill and adore the south! and this blog has great recipes and healthy eats ideas! so excited to read more!

Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

I love home-made granola. This sounds so tasty!

Adrienne said...

Thanks for all your comments :) Hope you enjoy!

Mary said...

This really sounds delicious. This is my first visit to your site and I've taken some time to browse through your earlier posts.I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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mari said...

I am SO happy I found your blog because it has given me the push to eat more naturally, which I forever crave but always have excuses for ( time, money, etc). I already made the granola and the edamame spread, so so so delicious and easy. Thank you for sharing all that you learn.
*Mari

Amy @ TheMombot.com said...

This look so yummy! I eat so much granola, but have never made it myself. I definitely want to try your healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing it! I sent you some link love today: http://themombot.com/food/2011/09/16/link-love-recipes-im-dying-try

Adrienne said...

Thank you all for the kind comments! I hope you enjoy this granola.

Grow Lamps said...

This granola recipe is tried and tested, I bring with me all my camping trips. it is also a huge and delicious breakfast. The only ingredient in this recipe is the oatmeal, all ingredients can be substituted.

Paola said...

Despite the fact that Im still waiting for the second half of the baking cycle to finish, I am not happy with the results at this stage at all. I followed the recipe exactly and the mixture was very mushy and difficult to spread out on the pan. It looks more like a soggy deformed cookie than granola...

Katherine said...

it's yummy...I haven't let it completely cool yet, so haven't added the dried fruit, but yummmm - I haven't been able to get this texture with the other recipes - I'm wondering if it has something to do with the tahini

Paola - did you use rolled oats/old fashioned oats? I've had the gummy cookie issue with other recipes when I mistakenly used quick oats....

Tomorrow will be the true test - will my 7yo agree its yummy....

Mike said...

I use to eat so many granola bars. I loved the chocolate chip ones.

Boneka Full Body said...

thanks for sharing, nice blog and article

zarena cantik said...

perfect perfect fried rice, good post for the beginners as well..Super Prema, loved the presentation very much
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