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!
– Organic rolled oats, 4 cups
– Apple & Apricot butter, enough to coat the oats (see recipe here)
– European natural almonds, roughly chopped – about 1/4 cup (Euro almonds are unpasteurized = optimal)
– Cranberries (unsulphered/juice-sweetened), 1/4 cup
– 2 bags of Earl Grey Tea or 3 tbsp loose tea
– Orange zest, from one fruit
– Cinnamon, 2 tsp or more to taste
– Pinch of salt
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 & Apricot Butter, loose 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 a lined baking sheets – careful not to overcrowd the sheet (you will need 2 sheets).
5. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, tossing the mixture halfway through to ensure even cooking. Turn off the oven but let the granola dehydrate for another 10 minutes – until it’s optimally crispy. Allow the granola to cool before adding to jars or a glass container. Seeing as there is no added sugars or oils to ‘preserve’ this granola, it needs be refrigerated for freshness.
- If you are allergic to almonds, replace with another nut or seed (pumpkin/sunflower/sesame) of choice!
- Using pureed fruit like my Apple & Apricot Butter, naturally sweetens the granola, and won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. You can also just use applesauce, or another blended whole fruit puree of choice.
- 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).