I love granola’s, but I am quite picky. I don’t really like raisins, dates or cranberries, and I prefer my granola not too sweet. I do however like some crispiness and some nuts. I did like the Eat Natural granolas, but they tend to be made with honey (why?) and they tend to be really expensive. That is why I wanted to make my own crispy granola, without added oil and with not too much sugar coating the oats.
I found these dried apples at my local Turkish supermarket, but I have also seen them at my local Albert Heijn. I know these aren’t super healthy and do contain some (refined) sugar, but I think they are worth it. Combined with the not-too-sweet oats, it makes for a perfect apple pie combo: sweet apples and a less sweet crust!
For this recipe I decided to go with hazelnuts, but you could easily swap them for pecans, walnuts or almonds. For a next time, I would definitely go with coarser oats, but that is an easy thing to change. However, the granola added a nice bit of crisp to my breakfasts, and I will make this again!
- 225 grams of oats, preferably not too fine
- 15 grams of sugar
- 60 mL of water
- 50 grams of hazelnuts
- 60 grams of dried apple with cinnamon
- A pinch of cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- Add your sugar and water into a glass and microwave for short intervals, making sure the sugar is fully dissolved
- Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius
- Add your oats, chopped hazelnuts, cinnamon and salt to a bowl
- Add the hot sugar water and stir to combine
- Spread your slightly clumpy oats onto a sheet lined with parchment paper
- Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes, tossing after 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t brown too much, especially the hazelnuts
- Leave to cool down on the sheet before adding your chopped dried apple and storing it in an airtight container
- Enjoy with your (plant based) yoghurt or milk