Toasted Apple-Cinnamon Muesli

by Antonia on October 22, 2012

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This will be the first of a few apple-cinnamon creations coming your way. I just love apple so much and it’s versatile enough to pack it into every single meal. Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks, the possibilities are endless: have apple thinly sliced on top of a energizing lunch salad, pureed with seasonal vegetables creating a hearty soup or simply toasted right out of the oven in the morning, sprinkled on top of yoghurt or oatmeal.

Cinnamon is a spice I practically use every day throughout the autumn and winter months. It seems so innocent just sitting on your kitchen spice rack. In reality though, it contains a number of health benefits, such as the ability to stabilize blood sugar and to lower bad cholesterol. So together with the apples which {I’m sure there’s no need of me telling you} are healthy this muesli is a real treat!

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Apart from containing old-fashioned oats I threw in almonds and walnuts and sunflower and sesame seeds for some extra crunch. As with all the granolas or toasted mueslis I make everything can be easily thrown together in a large enough bowl to minimize dishes. A dash of cinnamon and brown sugar add both sweetness and spice and everything is rounded off perfectly with the essential ingredient…

…unsweetened apple sauce, 2 whole cups!

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Honey is my natural sweetener of choice that I use in all my granolas. It adds a subtle hint of sweetness but does not push the apple flavor aside completely. They just complement each other perfectly. Apple, cinnamon and honey are a wonderful trio if you ask me.

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After toasting the mixture for about an hour you are left with crunchy bliss. I added in some raisins, just to complete the fall composition but this is optional, of course. I understand if you dislike raisins, half my family has the same feelings for them!

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Toasted Apple-Cinnamon Muesli

adapted from The Best Granola Recipe by David Lebovitz

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Ingredients:

  • 5 cups (500g) rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • optional: 1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 140°C.
  2. In a LARGE bowl mix together the dry ingredients: oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Into a small sauce pan on medium heat, add the apple sauce, honey and coconut. Stir until warm and the oil has combined with the apple sauce.
  4. Add the apple sauce mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Transfer the ingredients to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 45-60 minutes. Check and stir the granola every 10 minutes.
  6. Let it cool completely before adding the raisins.

Apple Cinnamon Granola

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Emilie @ Hungry Delights October 22, 2012 at 6:39 am

Yum! This muesli looks insanely delicious – I can just imagine topping my yogurt with it, adding it to oats or just eating it by the handful!

xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

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Antonia October 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I really do eat it by the handful. I store it in a box right next to my desk so it’s sort of inevitable to not take a couple of spoonful every now and then. But it’s best on top of apple-cinnamon oatmeal!!! xx

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Nina October 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

Looks super yummy! I think the next time I make granola, I’ll try this recipe :) I like how it doesn’t have tons of oil!

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Antonia October 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I’m glad you like it Nina. If you want some more you know where I store it!!

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Kathryn October 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

Such lovely flavours in this muesli and just perfect for an autumnal breakfast!

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Antonia October 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm

So true Kathryn. My favorite way to eat it is on top of apple-cinnamon oatmeal…so much autumn in one bowl!

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Bec October 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I love apple cinnamon treats. One of the best ever combos. This has been bookmarked because I love the look of this healthy granola :)

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Antonia October 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

You’re lucky then, cause you’re in for a treat with all the apple-cinnamon recipes I’ve got lined up. I might post another one later this week and I can tell you already that it is a “finger-licking-good” recipe! xx

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Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets October 23, 2012 at 2:33 am

This looks delicious. I love apple cinnamon granola. I use maple syrup as my sweetener of choice. Beautiful pictures.

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Antonia October 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Yummy. I’m sure maple syrup would work wonderfully in this recipe as well.

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