Fall-Inspired Dried Fruit and Nut Granola Recipe
As the leaves turn shades of gold and the air gets crisp, it's time to celebrate fall's arrival with a comforting and wholesome treat - Fall-Inspired Dried Fruit and Nut Granola. This homemade granola is the perfect blend of crunchy, sweet, and nutty flavors, making it the ideal snack or breakfast companion for your cozy fall mornings.
Why make your own granola?
Not only does it allow you to control the ingredients and customize flavors, but it also fills your home with the warm, inviting aroma of baked oats and spices. Plus, it's a healthier alternative to many store-bought options that are often loaded with added sugars and preservatives.
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup mixed nuts (e.g., almonds, pecans, walnuts), roughly chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 cup dried apples, chopped
1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup for a vegan version)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and dried apples. Toss everything together until it's evenly mixed.
In a separate microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan, melt the coconut oil. Once melted, add the honey (or maple syrup), ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, salt, and pure vanilla extract. Stir well to combine.
Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients in the large bowl. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix everything thoroughly, ensuring that all the dry ingredients are coated with the sweet and spiced mixture.
Spread the granola mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet. Use the back of a spatula to press it down slightly for a more compact texture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the granola turns golden brown. Be sure to stir it every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.
Once the granola is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely on the baking sheet. It will continue to crisp up as it cools.
Once cooled, break the granola into clusters and transfer it to an airtight container or mason jars for storage. It should stay fresh for several weeks (if it lasts that long!).
Serve your Fall-Inspired Dried Fruit and Nut Granola with your choice of yogurt, milk, or simply enjoy it by the handful as a satisfying snack. This delightful blend of flavors and textures captures the essence of autumn and will have you reaching for seconds and thirds. Whether you're munching on it while hiking or savoring it by the fireplace, this homemade granola is a comforting and nutritious way to celebrate the fall season. So, get baking and enjoy the cozy vibes!