Granola used to be considered a healthy alternative to other cereals, but then we all found out how much sugar and other not-so-healthy stuff was actually in it. This Apple-Maple-Bacon Granola, being grain-free, is quite calorie dense. Although it’s low in sugar, it is quite high in protein and fat.
Everyone in our household (and our neighbor’s) can attest to the fact that it’s much too easy to eat the whole batch in one evening. We try to eat it in small our household (and our neighbor’s) can attest to the fact that it’s much too easy to eat the whole batch in one evening.
We try to eat it in small amounts during high-energy activities, like hiking, and the kids love it. Be warned, though, it’s highly addictive!
YIELD: APPROXIMATELY 6 CUPS
- 8 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked but not crisp
- 2 cups coconut chips (ribbon coconut)
- ½ cup golden flax, ground
- ¼ cup hemp hearts or sesame seeds
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup each raw cashews, pecans, and hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup unsulfured apple rings (dried apple), roughly chopped
1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
2. Chop or crumble the bacon into small chunks. In a large bowl, mix the bacon with the coconut chips, flax, hemp or sesame, sunflower seeds, and chopped nuts. Set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil with the maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pour this over the nut mixture and stir to combine.
4. Stir in the egg white, pour over the parchment-lined baking tray, and flatten out as best you can. It should be not too thick, or it won’t crisp up. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven.
5. Remove from the oven and cool for 20 minutes. Break into pieces, stir in the apple pieces, and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Originally posted 2021-01-10 09:31:29.