Kitchen Sink Granola

I came home with intention of making granola bars. But the pan was too big and the ingredients meant to congeal everything together flooded out onto the baking sheet. So instead I got granola which is equally good! I plan on making this same recipe in a small pan and cutting it into bars.

The other fun thing about this recipe is that it can be made with anything you have in the house. I used Sunmaid Fruit Bits, a shredded apple, and a few extra pinches of all spice and cloves. I’d be curious to add a dash of orange juice or maybe cut the brown sugar a bit to make room for some honey. Bottom line: It tasted great in my yogurt the next morning!

granola
granola

Considering a friend in college (bonjour, Fru!) nicknamed me ‘granola’ I’m surprised I haven’t tried making granola before. But alas, the time has come, it was successful, so here we go!

Ingredients
Recipe adapted from The Daily Green
1 egg
1 egg white
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tart apple peeled and shredded
1 1/2 cup toasted oats
2/3 cup fruit bits
1 T. all-purpose flour

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Spread oats on a baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 18 minutes, until lightly browned and fragrant.
2. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Line small baking sheet with foil. Lightly oil or coat with nonstick spray.
3. In a large bowl, whisk egg, egg white, brown sugar, oil, cinnamon, all spice, cloves, salt and vanilla extract. Stir in shredded apples and dried fruit. Add oats and flour.
4. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool and store in tupperware.

Voila! Enjoy with yogurt and fresh fruit!

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Post-baking thoughts: As I mentioned earlier, this was supposed to be a granola bar recipe. Next time I make this, I’d like to substitute the eggs for apple sauce or orange juice. Let me know if y’all have any other suggestions about granola!

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