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big cluster apple pie granola // cait's plate

big cluster apple pie granola

  • Author: Cait
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-35 minutes
  • Yield: ~3 cups
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baked

Description

this big cluster apple pie granola is the perfect way to celebrate one of autumn’s best flavors! throw it over yogurt, add it to smoothies or just eat it by the cluster as is!


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 23 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/22 teaspoons of apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apple, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (see note).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, salt, and apple pie spice.  Mix a few times to disperse ingredients then add in apples and walnuts (pecans would work as well, or a 50/50 mix!)
  3. In a small mixing bowl, add honey, oil, and vanilla and whisk well.
  4. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon or your hands grabbing small pieces of the mixture and pressing hard to form clusters (I find it’s easier with your hands).
  5. Add the mixture to the prepared baking sheet and use your hands to pinch together more clusters.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until granola is lightly browned.  NOTE: when you take it out, it will be soft to the touch.  that does not mean it’s not cooked – it will harden up once it has cooled.


Notes

  • If you use a small rimmed baking sheet, you can skip forming the clusters.  Just tightly pack the granola into the baking sheet and then you can break it up after it has cooled into whatever size clusters you like.  Note that you must be able to tightly pack the mixture for clusters to form this way.
  • Granola will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Keywords: breakfast, snack, granola, whole grain, healthy, apple pie

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