I am totally obsessed with the fresh apple cider I’ve been getting at the Farmer’s Market. Apparently the Northern Virginia area has some wonderful apple orchards. I had some store bought granola once that was sweetened with apple juice, and as I was chugging down yet another glass of cider last week, I thought, hey, I’ll copy that idea and make some granola out of this stuff. Of course, if you don’t have apple cider where you are 😦 you could use apple juice. This granola is not very sweet, so if you like your granola to taste like candy, add a little more agave nectar. The actual apple flavor bakes off, leaving just a hint of apple tart and sweetness.
2 C oats
1/4 C flaxseed meal
1/2 C slivered almonds (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 TBS agave nectar
1/2 C unpasteurized apple cider
4 TBS melted Earth Balance Buttery Sticks
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flaxseed, almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Mix in the liquids: nectar, apple cider, and Earth Balance.
4. Bake at 300 for 45 minutes, or until toasted and crispy.
5. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
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