Growing up I remember if ever I was up late, I could often find my dad at the breakfast room table indulging in a bowl of granola for a “late-night-snack.”
At the time I didn’t quite understand the appeal — after all granola is technically a cereal, a breakfast food.
I would have certainly gone for the chocolate chip cookies, myself.
I’ve since learned though, that not only are some of the best breakfast foods the most delicious when served for dinner, but granola is a delicious meal or snack anytime.
To this day, it’s a treat when I make granola for my dad — and I’m sure he often eats it “late-night,” at the same breakfast room table. :-).
It’s full of all kinds of nuts and spices. You can get that recipe here.
Please tell me in the comments below — I really want to know!
- 3 cups Fuji (or other crisp) apples peeled, and cut into a small dice
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons golden brown sugar divided
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon divided
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, toss the apples with 1/4 cup of the brown sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon.
Evenly coat the parchment-lined baking sheet with the apple mixture and roast them in the preheated 350 degree F oven until they are very aromatic and slightly softened, 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the roasted apples to a large mixing bowl and save the parchment-lined baking sheet.
Add the oats, almond meal, melted butter, vanilla, salt, the remaining brown sugar, and the remaining cinnamon to the apple mixture and stir to blend all of the ingredients evenly.
Pour the entire mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and use your hands or a flat-bottomed metal spatula to flatten out the mixture. It should be about 1/2-inch thick and cover most of the sheet.
Roast in the preheated 350 degree F oven until it's a dark golden brown, about 30 minutes. Then use a a flat-bottomed spatula to turn the mixture over (more or less, mixing it). Roast for another 10 minutes or so, until all of it is a dark, golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. Then you can use your hands to break it apart into bite-sized pieces.
Granola also makes for a fantastic gift! Just fill a nice jar and tie a ribbon around it.