Granola is just so good. Portable-no-perishable hall of fame. It’s also a sneaky “health” food. Sure, there are oats, but there are “natural” granolas loaded with sugar and other unnecessary things. For about 10 minutes of prep time and allowing your dehydrator to do the work, you’ve got yourself some incredibly inexpensive, delicious and healthy granola. And based on these numbers, it’s about 78% cheaper to make it yourself!
Cinnamon Apple Graw-nola (6 servings)
- 2 large firm apples (I used granny smith and Fuji)
- 2 cups oats (if needed, ask for gluten-free certified oats)
- 1/2 cup chopped or slivered almonds
- 2 T coconut/date sugar
- 1 T honey
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 tsp pink salt
- 1/2-3/4 tsp cinnamon
- Core and halve apples; coarsely grate. A large slice of peel will be left, making it so easy! Discard peel.
- Place apple in a bowl with the other ingredients and toss lightly until thoroughly mixed. Excess juice will make the dehydrating process take longer, so drain apples only if they’re super super juicy, you still want the flavor.
- Spread mixture onto dehydrator sheets (parchment paper works great) and dry for 7 to 8 1/2 hours, or until crunchy. I used a one-setting dehydrator (140º) for 8.5 hours. “Raw” foods are not heated above 110-120º, so I’m not within that range, but close enough for me right now.
- Store in an air-tight container.
9 grams of fiber and delicious to boot! If you find granola recipes, adapt them to suit your needs. Once you make granola and you see how easy and cheap it is, you will be able to experiment with all kinds of versions, even nut-free. I adapted the recipe above from here, easily changing the sweetener to sugar-free.