Apple-Spice Grain-Free Granola

6 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

3/4 cup chopped dried apples

1/2 cup chopped dates

1 cup raisins

2 cups plantain chips, or banana chips, broken into pieces (measure before crushing)

2 cups unsweetened organic applesauce

6 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 pinches sea salt

 

Using your biggest mixing bowl, start off with the coconut…

IMG_0867Snip the dried apples with scissors, and try to un-stick all the little pieces from the clumps they like to form.

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Measure out the dates, as you chop them, too.

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Add all the dried fruits (raisins, too) to the coconut, and mix with your hands. The coconut keeps the tacky dried fruit from congregating together. Brilliant!

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I like using salty plantain chips for this recipe, but sweet, mellow banana chips work just as well.

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Get your stalwart applesauce ready in a pitcher.

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Swirl in the melted coconut oil.

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Pour this over the fruit blend. Looks real attractive, doesn’t it?

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Thrive Market’s cinnamon is sooooo aromatic and wonderful.

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Put the cinnamon over the top of it all, and prepare to stir. I hope your work station looks like this!

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Mix it all up with your hands. It looks go’geous.

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Use your hands to spread this evenly on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Make sure it is sitting in an even layer on the sheet, for even baking.

Now bake at a looooow temperature (225°F) for 3-5 hours, until golden brown, crunchy, and dehydrated. Let cool in the oven with the oven door cracked (I use the handle of a wooden spoon to prop it open).

Now, enjoy!

-Celeste

 

Disclaimer:

I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or health professional of any kind. This blog and this blog post is not meant to diagnose, treat, or recommend treatment for medical conditions of any kind. Please ask a doctor or a professional before making lifestyle or diet changes.

Copyright 2016 by Celeste Lightsey

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