Apple cinnamon granola

This granola is there perfect quick breakfast that still makes you feel like you are in the midst of the holiday season, rather than just a stress ball grabbing anything your pantry has to offer. You can pretty much throw cinnamon into anything, and it makes it holiday-ish. :-) But this granola is seriously my favorite breakfast option for when I don't have time to cook up a warming oatmeal, and it's too cold for açaí bowls. If you don't do well with grains, then this granola is for you, because it's only made with nuts and seeds. The apple chips can be harder to find, depending on where you live. You can always make your own if you have a dehydrator or even in the oven. For the dehydrator, you need around 30 hours to make the apple slices crispy, but then they will last in the fridge forever. In the oven, you can set it to the lowest temperature setting, then dab a little lemon juice on the apple slices, and place in oven for an hour. I know, this doesn't sound like fun! So try to find some apple chips in your local health food store. They are often stocked with other dried fruit or in the children's section. Make sure you find apple chips that don't have any other things added to them, just apples!

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Makes: 4 cups

  • 3/4 cup raw almonds

  • 3/4 cup raw pecan nuts

  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts

  • 1/2 cup coconut chips (or desiccated coconut)

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

  • 4 Tbsp virgin coconut oil

  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract

  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

  • pinch of nutmeg

  • pinch of sea salt

  • 1 cup dried apple chips

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175°C/ 350°F, and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Take the almonds, pecan nuts, and walnuts, and roughly chop.

  3. Place all ingredients on the baking tray EXCEPT for the apple chips. Using your hands, toss it all, so everything is coated in the oil and maple syrup. Spread out as thinly as possible on the baking tray, then toast in oven for 20 minutes until brown and crunchy.

  4. Let cool off slightly, then crumble the maple chips into the nut mixture, and toss. Now you can munch on it, because you can't help yourself! It's so good just like this or serve it for breakfast with your favorite nut milk.

Happy Holidays!

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