This recipe came to life by accident but it ended up being a really good snack, as you can probably tell almost half of what was on the baking tray – is missing.
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I had some peaches and apples in the fridge that were starting to lose appearance so I decided to bake them and added some home-made granola which I had previously made. Home made granola is much healthier than store-bought varieties as you are in full control of the ingredients you use.
Maple Syrup is a natural sweetener, stable at high temperatures and can be used in baking, cooking, and raw desserts. Maple syrup is high in manganese, zinc, potassium, iron and calcium. Zinc helps boost immune system, potassium is important for heart function and is involved in muscle contraction making it crucial for digestive and muscular function. Iron is an important component of the hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen.
Cinnamon is one of my favourite spices. I like adding it to hot cacao, smoothies, oatmeal, and it tastes great in coffee. It is blood sugar balancing making it a power spice to fight diabetes. It is also high in antioxidants and an anti-inflammatory.
Coconut Oil is another favourite of mine. I use it in cooking, on toast, in beverages and smoothies, and even my skin and haircare regimen. It is a great source of healthy fat, easily metabolized and used by the liver as fuel.
Almonds are a great source of protein, low in saturated fats and high in unsaturated fatty acids making it a great snack especially good for weight loss. Almonds are also high in vitamin E, which is also an antioxidant that fights free radicals.
- 2 cups oats
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup sliced dried apricots
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup chopped pumpkin seeds
- Place all ingredients in a bowl, mix well; I used my hands to incorporate all ingredients into the mixture.
- Line a flat baking dish with parchment paper and spread out the mixture.
- Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes.
- Let cool and enjoy.
To make Granola Peaches, simply cut in halves and remove pits. Add some unbaked granola mixture on the fruit and bake for 20 minutes at 350F, you can bake for a bit longer if you like your peaches or apples to be softer. I like mine slightly raw so 20 minutes for that is perfect. You can also try using apples instead of peaches, and keep for a bit longer, about 30 minutes – makes a great snack.
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