In honor of National Caramel Apple Day I combined three of my favorite food: caramel, apples and granola!
Why granola? It’s so versatile and can include any number of your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Breakfast, snack, dessert and healthy? Sign us up! You may not know but granola is a secret weapon for health benefits! Not only is it tasty and a great addition to almost any meal, but it gives your body energy!
Granola is a combination of oats and nuts; however, when paired with icing, chocolate chips and other sweets you can be adding plenty of calories and fat that you don’t need. When shopping for the healthier granola bars make sure too look for bars that aren’t fancy but offer you a great taste that is packed with healthy nutrients that your body can benefit from. Or, do what I do and make your own. I use various combinations of organic gluten free oats, pumpkin seeds, raisins, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut. I mix them together with honey or maple syrup and melted coconut oil and pop it in my food dehydrator set to 115 degrees for 8 hours. You can also use your oven set at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
Since today is National Caramel Apple Day I am sharing a favorite recipe for a vegan, dairy free, gluten free caramel apple dipped in my homemade granola.
1 Cup Coconut milk
(I use Native Forest because it is thick and solid and helps the caramel hold together)
1 cup Organic Brown Sugar
2 tblsp. Coconut Oil
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
6 Apples with popsicle sticks
3 cups granola of choice
Place the coconut milk and brown sugar in a small sauce pan; heat to a low boil. Continue to simmer and stir for 15 minutes or until the mixture reaches 245 degrees. Add the coconut oil and salt; heat 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and whisk the mixture to make sure everything is combined well. Let cool for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken. Dip your apples in the caramel and then into a pie plate or shallow bowl containing your granola. Let the apples set on wax paper.