I don’t normally have store-bought cereal in the pantry, but one day I found a great deal on a granola cereal. Every once in while I sprinkle it on some homemade yogurt and it’s OK, but it’s about half puffed rice so it’s pretty weak. Then the other day I just had a bowl of it with milk like a bowl of cereal. Man oh man, it was so sweet. Too sweet. It hit me that granola is just one more thing that’s so much better made from scratch than bought in the box.
I came up with this recipe based on a few specific ingredients I had in the house: coconut oil, walnuts, and boiled cider syrup. It’s not too sweet, and has a tangy hint of apple. And I liked using the coconut oil, which didn’t flavor the granola like coconut at all.
Apple Walnut Granola
- 4 c old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 c roughly chopped raw walnuts
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
- 6 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 4 tbsp boiled cider syrup
- 3 tbsp honey, warmed in microwave to make it easier to stir in
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
- Stir to combine the oats, walnuts, salt, and apple pie spice.
- Pour in the coconut oil, boiled cider, honey, and vanilla. Stir well until thoroughly combined.
- Pour onto baking sheet and bake for 10 min. Then turn the granola with a spatula, press into pan, and bake another 5-10 min.
- Let cool in pan. I stored mine in large mason jars, and the granola broke into fairly small pieces.