Apple and Cranberry {Grain Free} “Granola” – Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly

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Well hey there, how are you?

Good I hope.

So tell me, how was your weekend?

Me?

Mine was good, super busy though! I was running all over town taking our little lady to and from birthday parties . . .

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And then, of course, I had my hands full dealing with the post party come down which was all kinds of fun – said no parent ever!

Anyway . . .

I’m hungry, are you hungry?

Apple and Cranberry {Grain Free} "Granola" - Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly - www.betterwithcake.com

I hope so because I made you a snack.

How would you like a big ol’ mouthful handful of apple and cranberry {grain free} granola?!

Oh you guys this stuff is so good!

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It’s crisp, crunchy and perfectly spiced without being overly sweet.

It’s everything you want in a good granola and it could not be easier to make!

A mix of your favourite nuts and seeds are combined with some apple puree’, a drizzle of coconut oil, a touch of maple syrup, a splash of vanilla and a sprinkling of heart warming cinnamon before being oven roasted until they are deliciously golden and perfectly crisp.

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Once that’s done we simply stir through a handful of sweet, juicy and delicious chewy dried cranberries and you’re done!

So simple but oh so good!

I seriously can not wait for you to try it because I know you are going to love it!

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Not only is it insanely delicious as well as being super quick and easy to prepare, coming together in less than 30 minutes, start to finish!

But, it also happens to be all natural made with no refined flours or sugars using just a handful of ingredients that I bet you have on hand already.

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It also happens to be naturally vegan, gluten free and Paleo friendly.

But most importantly it’s insanely delicious and you need it in your life like, yesterday!

For real!

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I gave my dad some of this apple and cranberry granola to try, FYI – my dad is the granola king of our family, and he gave it a very enthusiastic double thumbs up and even went as far as to declaring it to be irresistible and you know what, I’d have to agree – it really is irresistible.

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I mean would you just look at those clusters!!!!

Talk about addictive!

or is it addicting?!

I never get that right!

Either way it’s seriously delicious and I can not wait for you to try it!

Eat it straight up by the handful, sprinkle some onto your favorite smoothie, or with some fresh fruit and yogurt for a quick and easy, delicious, nutritious, breakfast (or snack) that will leave you feeling nourished, satisfied and energized for hours.

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Delicious, nutritious, crisp and crunchy clusters of oven roasted nuts and seeds with a subtly sweet, apple infused, maple-vanilla glaze, a heart warming hum of cinnamon that is bursting with sweet and chewy dried cranberries . . .

Yes, yes, just yes!

Make it. Eat it. Love, love, love it.

 

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Apple and Cranberry {Grain Free} “Granola” – Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly

Makes approx 3 cups of all natural, delicious, nutritious, crisp and crunchy, subtly sweet, cinnamon spiked apple and cranberry {grain free} granola.

Ingredients –

3/4 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped

1/2 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped

1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped

1/4 cup Sunflower seeds

1/4 cup pepitas/pumpkin seeds

1 Tablespoon of chia seeds

2 Tablespoons of Apple Puree

1 Tablespoon of coconut oil, melted and cooled

2 Tablespoon maple syrup

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

a pinch of salt

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Method –

1 – Preheat your oven to 150’C (300’F) – Line a rimmed baking sheet with baking/parchment paper and set aside.

2 – Roughly chop your almonds, cashews and pistachios – Go easy though, you want there to be some larger pieces, even a few nuts left intact for some nice contrast in texture.

3 – Place your crushed/chopped nuts into a medium size bowl.

4 – Add sunflower seeds, pepitas, chia seeds and cinnamon and stir to combine.

5 – In a small bowl or jug whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, apple puree and vanilla then pour over your nut/seed mix. Stir to combine.

6 – Pour your maple-vanilla-apple coated nut mix into one even layer onto your prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on it as like any granola recipe, these nuts can catch and burn quickly if left unattended especially when it comes to the final 5 minutes.

7 – Once your “granola” is deliciously golden and no longer “sticky” remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.

8 – Add your cranberries and stir to combine then allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring by the handful directly into your mouth to an airtight container (or ziplock bag) and store in the pantry.

Enjoy xoxo

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Question of the day –

What’s snacks are you loving lately?

Feel free to share recipes, or links to your fave recipes in the comments below or on the Facebook page and please for the love of all that is good in this world when you do make this “granola” (or any of the recipes you find on this blog of mine) go ahead and snap a pic and share it either on the Facebook page, or tag me on twitter or Instagram. Sharing is caring remember.

Do it, do it You know you want to 🙂

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2 Comments on Apple and Cranberry {Grain Free} “Granola” – Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly

    • Emma
      May 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh yes I agree! 🙂

      Reply

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