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Apple Cinnamon Homemade Granola

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Santa Cruz Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

With school activities, game days, and end-of-year recitals, I’m seeing lots of parents playing chauffer. If you’re like us, that means you’re always looking for tasty snacks to keep everyone fueled between activities and meals. We really like this homemade Cinnamon Apple Granola. It can be chewy or crunchy depending on your preference; it transports easily; it’s simple to make. Simple is a good thing!

Apple Cinnamon Homemade Granola

One of the best outcomes of moving last year—besides a new home and neighborhood we love—is feeling lighter. Moving forces you to reevaluate your life.

We have tried to be intentional in our lifestyle choices but the amount of accumulated “stuff” we had amazed me. Before we began packing for our move, we considered every item: keep or get rid of?

The decisions weren’t always easy.

We camped in my sis-in-law’s basement with minimal possessions since it took a while to find our current home. When we landed in our new house and I began the entire nesting thing, I was glad for the purge and the experience of living with less. It was freeing!

Since then I have become determined to travel light. We’re not ready to live off-grid in the boonies but a pared-down lifestyle near the lake and living more sustainably suits us. It just feels healthier.

That mindset affects my choices of personal care and cleaning products and especially food choices. For example, whenever I can, I include free-range eggs and meats in our diet. I love going to the farmer’s market and I cook with local and organic produce as much as possible.

Best Organic Applesauce

These days, I take time to read labels and nutrition panels. I’m uncomfortable with unrecognizable ingredients that I would never add to a recipe. I look for ready-made products like the Santa Cruz Organics. Their organic fruit cups are easy take-alongs and I love how their fruit sauces are quick add-ins for smoothies.

Santa Cruz Organic Applesauce

Another plus about the Santa Cruz Organics is their commitment to sustainability. From manufacturers to growers, everyone is dedicated to making environmentally sound choices. That’s the kind of company I want to support.

Ingredients for Homemade Granola

Santa Cruz Applesauce Granola Recipe

For this Cinnamon Apple Granola, I like the Santa Cruz Organic Cinnamon Apple Sauce. They use USDA certified organic apples with spices and organic fruits to create flavorful fruit sauces—with no added sugar. The granola takes care of those between-meal hunger pains and keeps you fueled for these busy days.

How to Make Homemade Granola

Simple? Yes. Sweet!

Apple Cinnamon Homemade Granola

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CINNAMON APPLE GRANOLA


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Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup Santa Cruz Organic Cinnamon Apple Sauce
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Evenly spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes for a chewier granola and 50-60 minutes for a crunchier granola. Stir every 10-15 minutes while baking.

As a pioneer organic brand, Santa Cruz Organic® was the first to have a wide range of organic, 100 percent juices and blends and the first juice processor to use all organic fruit sourced from growers certified by an independent, third-party certification organization.  With a history of developing innovative products, Santa Cruz Organic currently offers more than 60 organic items ranging from organic fruit juices and lemonades to organic fruit sauces, chocolate syrups, peanut butters and fruit spreads. Visit www.santacruzorganic.com for more information

 

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.