Cinnamon apple granola that is lightly sweetened and filled with oats and flaxseed.
So I have this problem with my dog. You see, a few months ago she morphed from being our little puppy that is so soft I can’t even stand it, so cute it’s hard to get mad at her, and little enough to scoop up into my arms, to being our young woman of a dog. I’d like to think she’s in her teenage years. The years (or months I guess in dog years) when she starts to grow out of her puppy fur, stops being quite so clumsy and a little more sassy, and (gasp!) is big enough to jump up onto the kitchen counters.
Like I said, this has become quite a problem. I think in the past 2 months I haven’t been able to bake anything without Maddie getting a bite (or five) of whatever I’m making. No matter how far back I push the cooling rack, she finds a way to get a couple of muffins, a few cookies, a whole loaf of banana bread (yep, that happened), a half a loaf of pumpkin bread (she likes her carbs!), half pan of apple pie bars (so sad about this), or in the most recent case, a few licks of granola. Thankfully, I caught her right away and most of the granola was saved.
It’s a good thing because I am absolutely loving this granola. The fall flavors of apple and cinnamon shine through, making this a perfect breakfast or snack this time of year. It’s also filled with good-for-ya things like flaxseed and wheat germ, and is relatively low in sugar and fat so you can feel good about eating it. On top of yogurt, with milk, or just by the handful, this stuff is addictingly delicious!
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In blender, combine apples, brown sugar, honey, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. If your blender has trouble getting things mixed, add a little bit a of water, and blend until completely pureed.
In large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, flax seed, and nuts.
Pour apple puree over dry mixture and distribute it as evenly as possible.
Put oats onto baking sheet and bake for 70-80 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes.
Granola will be done when it is no longer soggy and no steam rises while you're stirring.
Let cool and store in an airtight container.
One technical note: the wet mixture of the granola is made by pureeing a couple of apples (cores removed) in a blender with the sweeteners, oil, and spices and while I am lucky to have my VitaMix to get this job done with no problem, you may need to add a little bit of water to help get things moving along.