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Muesli with nuts and dried fruit

I’ve been dancing around the idea of making muesli for some time now, and one recent Saturday morning I finally made it happen. A quick Wikipedia search turned up a bit of background and basic approach to the dish. I loved the idea of a grated apple making up the bulk of the ingredients. I tossed some pantry items together and let it soak in some water for about 20 min, then added the shredded apple (not peeled), stirred it all together and topped with a little milk. I was instantly hooked. It was so easy, simple, healthy, and refreshing….

walnut cinnamon maple granola hand lettering with bounce

Walnut Cinnamon Maple Granola

I improvised a batch of granola using walnuts, cinnamon, and maple syrup. It tastes perfect, and it’s my favorite combo so far. Unfortunately I didn’t take detailed notes of the recipe! I learned a lesson there, and once I realized how much I like this flavor I jotted down the formula the best I could remember: Formula 3 c raw, whole rolled oats ½ c raw walnut pieces 4 tbsp flax seeds 3 tbsp maple syrup 3 tbsp oil ½ tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp cinnamon 1 large pinch fine sea salt

bowl of apple pie walnut granola

Apple Walnut Granola

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…