My granola jar is never left empty. Autumn is now around the corner, so when my summer granola run out, I decided to give the new batch a taste of the season: cranberries, pecan nuts, homemade applesauce, super healthy hemp seeds, and maple syrup to sweeten it all.
Applesauce is a key ingredient in my autumn granola, not just because it is apple harvest season at the moment, but because compote de pommes is known to make granolas extra clumpy. I love picking up big chunks of granola and eat them straight from the jar, don’t we all? (Plus we picked so many kilos of apples lately that I am happily finding ways to include them in my recipes).
It is the first time I add hemp seeds to a granola. When fall is coming, I prefer sprinkling around those tiny seeds, naturally loaded with proteins, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, than taking supplement pills. Plus I do like their nutty flavor and crunch!
Autumn granola calls for maple syrup as a natural sweetener, but if you only have honey in your pantry, it is a great alternative. If you give a try to this comfy Autumn cranberry, pecan nuts and applesauce granola, please let me know how it turns out!
- 250 g gluten free rolled oats
- 50 g dried cranberries
- 80 g pecan nuts, chopped
- 30 g hemp seeds
- 150 g homemade applesauce
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 5 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder
- Pinch of unrefined sea salt
- Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
- Combine oats, cinnamon, chopped pecan nuts and hemp seeds in a large bowl.
- Place the applesauce, oil and maple syrup in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour over the oats mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated.
- Spread on the baking sheet and cook in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Give it a stir halfway.
- When the granola looks toasty brown, take it out from the oven and add the cranberries.
- Leave the granola to cool down on the pan without stirring it, that's when it gets crunchy.
- Store in an airtight glass jar in refrigerator.