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Maple Apple Crunchy Superfood Granola

Maple Apple Crunch Superfood Granola

Let’s address what’s on your mind before we even begin. Yes, I do need to hire someone to name my recipes for me. I know. But, I feel a need to include details…too many. Brevity has never been part of my character.

So, you probably remember these yummy apple chips! They were so popular! Well, we are going to take them a few steps further…into granola land! I love granola, but sometimes it’s hard to find one that isn’t loaded with added fats, tons of sugar or things I may not want, but really, it’s just fun to make yourself! This is my take on granola, but use this method to make it your own. Add your favorites to this recipe and you’ll love topping your yogurt off with it, sprinkling it on ice cream, in a bowl with some milk or by the bucketful handful as a snack!

I’ve added golden flax meal and chia seeds. Maybe it’s superfood overkill, but I just like to sneak as much nutrition into yummy things as I can. If I had told my kids, “You should eat some golden flaxmeal or chia seeds for snack!”…you get the picture.

I use egg whites, not oil, to get that “crunch” that I love my granola to have. You know, those clusters of sweet crunchy nuttiness in those boxes of cereal. Yeah, those guys. This is like an entire box full of those! But better!

Maple Apple Crunchy Superfood Granola

1 apple, preferably organic
2 egg whites
3 C. old fashioned oats
1/4 C. golden flaxseed meal
3 T. chia seeds
1/4 C. dark brown sugar
1/2 C. pure maple syrup
1 C. chopped walnuts
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 C. dried cranberries
1/4 C. golden raisins

Special equipment:  mandolin

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 of your largest baking sheets with parchment.

Slice the apple on the mandolin set to the thin slice setting. Spread the slices out on one of the baking sheets and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

When the apples have about 15 minutes left to bake, start making the granola. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the remaining ingredients up to the cinnamon and mix to combine. Spread the mixture out evenly onto the second prepared baking sheet.

Lower the baking sheet with the apples to the lower rack and place the granola on the middle rack. Bake both the apples and the granola for 45 minutes at 250 degrees.

Remove the apples from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet. Raise the oven temperature to 300 degrees, give the granola a stir, and continue to bake for another 15 minutes.

Once cool, break the apple chips up into bite size pieces.

When the granola is done, remove from the oven and let it cool on the sheet. Once completely cooled, combine the apples, cranberries, raisins and the granola. Store in air tight containers.

Notes:

  • This would be great with banana chips too from the Baked Apple and Banana Chip recipe.
  • Don’t even try to invite Aunt Jemima to this party! You really need to use pure maple syrup!
  • This granola is sweet, but not overly so. Don’t alter the amount of sugar…you’ll find that once you add the dried fruits the amount of sweetness is perfect.

Kale and Pear Salad

Kale and Pear Salad
This salad is kind of a nutritional overachiever. There are so many super-foods incorporated in it, but they are not all there just for the health of it! They all add flavors that compliment each other. It really is a delicious salad, but honestly, it just makes me feel so good that I’ve had a super healthy lunch. In fact, while photographing, I felt the  need to perform some “quality control” and couldn’t stop myself (see photo below). At that point, I just hoped I’d gotten enough photos that I’d be able to use!

Let me just tell you about some of the powerhouse ingredients in this salad. We’ve all heard a lot about kale lately. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods. It’s incredibly high in Vitamins K, A and C, fiber and antioxidants. It can lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of some cancers and can detox our bodies if eaten regularly. Honestly, there are so many health benefits to eating kale, you can read more about it at WHFoods.

Then there is the apple cider vinegar. Vinegar a powerhouse? Yes! If you use the raw and unfiltered type. It’s full of beneficial enzymes. I like Bragg’s. You’ve got to try it. It really does have a great, bright and apple-y flavor. You’ll never use any other cider vinegar again. You can find it in the organic section of your local store or on  Bragg’s website.
I also use chia seeds in this salad dressing. Chia seeds are flavorless, but they absorb a huge amount of liquid and become gelatinous. They are another super-food full of omega-3′s and 6′s, antioxidants and fiber. They are considered even more nutritious than flaxseed. They seem to thicken the dressing just enough to make it adhere much nicer to the greens and they do not alter the flavor at all. I like TruRoots Organic Chia Seeds.

Apple Cider and Chia Dressing

Apple Cider and Chia Dressing

1/3 C. organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
2/3 C. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 t. sea salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
2 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. honey
1 T. chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a cute jar with a tight lid (they don’t get cuter than Bonne Mamman). Shake well.
This makes a lot of dressing. You’ll love it on any of your green salads!
Chia Seeds

Kale and Pear Salad

1 bunch of kale, washed and stems removed
1 pear, sliced into segments
handful of pomegranate arils
1/4 C. toasted and salted pepitas
freshly shaved Parmesan
Apple Cider and Chia Dressing (recipe above)
After you’ve removed the stems from the kale, soak the leaves in water while you prepare the other ingredients. Soaking revives the leaves making them crisp. When ready, use a salad spinner to get the leaves nice and dry.
Arrange the salad on individual plates, topping each with about two tablespoons of dressing. Use more or less as you like.

 Notes:

  • Most grocery stores carry a lot of these items in their organic section now, but you can make this salad your own, using just the ingredients you want. The dressing specifically, works with or without the chia seeds.