Spring is upon us, and there is no better time than now to get cracking on making some healthy ‘take with you’ snacks.  Which is my specialty.  I love making healthy on the go snacks that travel well for our very short spring and summer here in Alberta.  And one that I always have with me is my Apple Pie Granola. Its great for road trips, to the mountains hiking, a day at the lake, whatever, it’s power packed with dense nutrition like all my snacks, including plenty of protein, to keep you feeling full longer so you can continue to explore and have fun, without craving junk food.

I started making granola only a short time ago and I have come up with a few different flavours, but this is my all time favourite.  I found the granola in stores to be full of sugar and extremely expensive for a small amount.  So I figured I could make my own a lot healthier and more cost effective, it also only takes about 5-7 minutes to whip up and get in the oven.  Win win all around.

This is a favourite even among young kids, because of the apple pie flavouring.  Its a great snack on the road, dry, or keeping in a container and adding a little plant based milk or water.  Or if you’re at home and want a quick snack, I also add it to smoothie bowls, and some add to coconut yogurt.

The ingredients are what keeps it healthy.  Make sure to always use the best ingredients, pure maple syrup, raw nuts and seeds from a health food store, organic if you are able to etc.

Apple Pie Granola

  • 4 Cups G-Free Oatmeal
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Organic Pumpkin Seeds (green pepitas)
  • 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 Cups Raw Organic Almonds (whole or sliced)
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1.5 Tsp Apple Pie Spice or 1 Tsp Cinnamon, 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg, 1/4 Tsp Allspice
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except maple syrup and mix well.
  3. Add maple syrup and coat all ingredients well.
  4. Pour onto a parchment paper lined baking pan and spread out to an even layer pressing down slightly (this helps create the clumps)
  5. Bake at 350F for 16-18 minutes.
  6. Let cool on the pan before breaking into pieces and storing.
  7. Store in an airtight glass container or mason jar for up to 2 months.
  8. Enjoy.

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I.  And may you get out and explore the outdoors, it’s where we humans heal the most.

Because you’re worth it.