Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Apple Cinnamon Walnut Granola [oil-free, gluten-free, vegan]

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 t salt
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 t cinnamon (I love Ceylon!)
1/2 cup unsweetened wide coconut flakes (optional)
1/2 cup unsweetened apple butter
1 small ripe pear (skin left on, remove core and chop)
1 T almond butter
1 T coconut nectar or agave (2 T if you want it sweeter)
1 t vanilla extract
2 T black raisins or fruit juice-sweetened dried cranberries

In a bowl, combine oats, salt, walnuts, cinnamon, and coconut.

In a cup blender, blend together the apple butter, pear, almond butter, coconut nectar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.

Mix the blended wet mixture into the oats/dry ingredients until well combined. Bake at 300 degrees (convection) on a parchment paper-lined pan with sides until completely dried out and crispy but not burned. This can take anywhere from 30-45 min, depending on how big your pan is. When the mixture is cooled, add the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container. Great on top of smoothie bowls! 

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