All the elements of that favorite fall dessert in a nutritious breakfast yogurt topping or snack, with double apple flavor, oats, nuts, and cinnamon. Satisfy those crunchy cravings with Apple Crisp Granola.
Apple Crisp Granola
I’m sure every generation has said this, but it is seriously a tough time to be a parent. Globally we have the attacks in Paris, the bombings in Lebanon and Iraq, and terrorists striking fear and inflicting death and destruction. There are refugees fleeing horrible circumstances, children scared, hungry, even dying.
In our own country there’s violence – some of it to a greater degree that it makes national news, but even sadder are the daily occurrences that are such a part of life that they don’t even make headlines or draw attention. Putting my kid on the school bus each day is one of the most frightening things I do. Everyone is mad at everyone for something they said, did, didn’t say, or didn’t do. And the more we preach about it, the more that tolerance and, heaven forbid, acceptance of others around us is at an all-time low.
In my own local area in the short time I have lived here I have heard the reports of shooting outside of strip malls and gas stations. The same strip malls and gas stations that I go to. Just several blocks away a young man was run down by a driver because this man, waling his dog, yelled out that the speedster should slow down through the neighborhood.
Even at the bus stop I see taunting and teasing that we used to think was just typical of kids, but honestly now sometimes we worry that it’s something more. It’s a future bully or worse.
My kids are still young enough to be unaware. Pretty soon they won’t be. Pretty soon I should actually make them aware because it’s better I put things in context for them to understand, and to know that we do all we can to keep them safe, and that the best thing that they can do, as little people, is to be kind to others no matter what. But what do I say? How do I explain things that won’t make sense to them, don’t make sense to me, and baffle most of the general public? Things that really I don’t want them to hear, know, or ever experience. I’m never one to say “don’t grow up so fast” to my kids because one of my favorite parts of being a parent is watching them grow, learn, and do new things. This stuff, though, if I could keep them babies and shield them form all of this forever, I would.
Sometimes I feel too much like a scared child to be a strong parent.
All I can do right now, I suppose, is hold them, love them, sit around the breakfast table with them and let them be little boys. Let them be silly. Let them get yogurt on their faces and granola on the floor, because there’s bigger things out there. Things that kisses and band-aids and “just one more snack mom” can’t fix. So for now, snacks…
This Apple Crisp Granola recipe will make your kitchen smell incredible while it’s baking. Warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, toasty oats and walnuts. There’s plenty of crunch, chewy bits, and sweet, creamy bursts form the white chocolate chips you add after it cools. And of course tons of apple flavor from applesauce and dried apples. Be sure to not stir it to much so that you keep those big clusters. That’s what my boys beg for!
And for the time being, if it’s granola clusters that make them happy, it’s granola clusters they’ll get!
You’ll need dried apples to make this recipe. I recommend these from Newman’s Own.
- ¼ cup neutral oil, such as avocado or canola, or melted coconut oil
- 1 egg white
- ½ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup coconut or brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup ground flax seed meal
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup chopped dried apples
- ¼ cup white chocolate chips
Here are some more apple-licious recipes…
- Whole Wheat Apple Pumpkin Muffins
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Apple Nachos
- Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls
Plus some from my friends…
- Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza from Crumbs and Chaos
- Sneaky Green Apple Fruit Leather from Oh My Veggies
- Apple Pie Smoothie from Gimme Some Oven