I am often asked how I create recipes.
Are you inspired from other recipes? Do you spend hours creating them? Do you go through a ton of trial and error?
Yes – I am often inspired from others. But what inspires me most are the smells of each season and what is readily available in my pantry!
No – I normally do not spend hours creating them. I am a realist, and I know I don’t have hours to be cooking in the kitchen, nor do my readers.
No – I tend to stay in my safe zone =) I HATE wasting food so I will make sure I know it will turn out great! And luckily most recipes do turn out!
My apple pie granola was inspired by my love for granola and all things apple/cinnamon! I was completely out of granola and saw a huge container of rolled oats in my pantry and thought I would throw a fresh batch in the oven! And the smell… HEAVEN!
Apple Pie Granola
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/3 cup chopped chopped almonds
1/2 cup finely chopped apple bits
a pinch of salt
Pre-heat oven to 350.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until well combined.
Place on a large cooking sheet that is lined with parchment paper of a silicone mat.
Cook for approx 20 – 25 minutes – stirring every 5 minutes to help cook evenly.
Cool completely before placing in a large glass jar with a lid. Keep in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.