Fruit-Sweetened Almond, Cranberry & Earl Grey Granola.

A different take on granola! This nutritious and delicious recipe is composed of only whole food ingredients, providing plenty of fiber-rich complex-carbs, plant-based protein, and healthy fats – for steady energy. Sweetened naturally with my Apple & Apricot butter (see here), this granola is free of the processed sugars, refined oils, and other preservatives, which are found in store-bought products. To boost the flavor in a healthy way, I added Earl grey, cinnamon, and orange zest!

Ingredients:

– Whole rolled oats, 4 cups
– Apple sauce, 2 cups
– Natural almonds, roughly chopped, 1/2 cup
– Cranberries (ideally juice-sweetened not sugar-sweetened), 1/2 cup
– Earl Grey Tea, 2 bags emptied or 3 tbsp loose tea
– Orange zest, from one fruit
– Cinnamon, 1 heaping tbsp (or more to taste!)
– Pinch of salt

Instructions:

1. Spread the oats onto a baking sheet, and toast at 350 degrees for 10 minutes – or until they turn slightly golden. Remove the oats but keep the oven on.

2. Add the oats to a large bowl and mix in the apple sauce, tea, cinnamon, and salt. Combine the ingredients well using your hands or cooking spoon.

3. In a dry pan, lightly toast the almonds for a minute or until aromatic. Once cooled slightly, roughly chop them up into smaller bites.

4. Add the almonds to the oat mixture and combine. Evenly spread the mix onto 2 lined baking sheets – careful not to overcrowd the granola.

5. Bake for about 40 minutes – tossing halfway through, for even cooking. Keep an eye on it, as each oven is different – so you may need to bake for another 5-10 min until crispy. Allow the granola to cool before mixing in the cranberries (or other dried fruit of choice). Enjoy!

Pack into mason jars/tupperware container. Seeing as there is no added sugars or oils to ‘preserve’ the granola, it needs be stored in the fridge or freezer.

Nutrition Tips:

  • If you are allergic to almonds, replace with another nut or seed (pumpkin/sunflower/sesame) of choice!
  • Using Apple sauce naturally sweetens the granola, and won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. You can also use another blended whole fruit puree!
  • You can use raisins or chopped dates/figs/apricots if you don’t enjoy unsweetened cranberries. Note: Eden Organics is a brand that makes apple juice sweetened cranberries. I sourced these ingredients from a fantastic bulk shop – Frenco in Montreal (3985 Bd St Laurent).

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