One of the very nice things about our particular CSA is the apple cider included every week. This farm really has an orchard (you may have seen the entire bushel of extra apples we bought?) and the cider changes a bit every week as the apples change with the season before getting picked. So between the apples and apple cider in the box and the old-fashioned rolled oats rattling around the pantry, we pretty much had everything to hand. I think next time I should let it go a bit longer for more crunch but I do like this snack as is.
If you’re looking for a thick granola where things stick together, this is not the one for you. This is more crumbly and individual.
Apple Cider Granola
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Makes 3 cups
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- 1 largish apple, preferably tart
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 kosher salt
- 1/2 cup walnuts, or other nut you like
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 225°F and line a couple of sheet pans with parchment.
- Slice the apple as thin as you can, preferably to 1/8 inch with a mandolin. Lay them out as a single layer on the sheet pans and bake until dried and brown, about 1.5 hours. Set aside to cool before roughly chopping.
- Increase the oven to 300°F. In a large bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, salt, walnuts, honey, cider, and vanilla. If the apples are not completely dry, chopped them up and mix into the granola. Spread onto the mixture onto the sheet pants.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then toss and return to the oven. Continue baking until golden brown – check every 5 minutes to make sure the granola does not burn. Allow to cool, then add the apples if not already mixed in.
- Eat and store the excess in an air tight container.