Granola Basics: 2 Delicious Recipes and a Giveaway

by Lauren on September 18, 2012

I have been working in the granola business for a short time, but I have been in the granola eating business for many years.

It’s no big surprise that I love granola.  Part of my job requires me to eat granola on a very regular basis, so I have no trouble admitting that I enjoy some form of this treat almost every single day.  Call me biased, but I’m pretty sure most of you feel the same.

Over the years, granola has taken a few bad raps in the health industry.  What seemingly was intended to be a “healthy” treat, companies have turned this simple ingredient list into a long, ever-changing array of high fat add in’s and artificial sweeteners to take something that can be so natural to just another processed, sugary cereal.

But that is not the stance of companies like Nuts About Granola.  I can’t express this enough, that we believe in NATURAL, WHOLE and REAL foods and that should come through in just about everything you eat, including your bowl of granola.  Taste should never be compromised, nor will it, when the best ingredients are used and each batch is carefully crafted.

As good as a bag of Plain Jane is on its own, there still isn’t anything quite like fresh homemade granola.  The smell of sweet oats, honey and cinnamon baking deliciously away is enough to convince anyone. That is why NAG is so excited about our newest product, Granola Basics- the first ever box mix that allows you to make fresh granola in just 4 simple steps.  It only requires one ingredient and less than 20 minutes of your time.  How can you go wrong?

For someone who is baking-inclined like me, the directions could not be more simple.

You can also get rather creative when it comes to flavors and add-in’s, but recently, we’ve put two new fall-like flavors on the table that makes it even more convenient to have a variety.

  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Maple Pecan

I got a little creative in the kitchen this weekend and came up with two very delicious recipes using each of our new flavors.

I first made the granola which was no trouble at all.

For the Maple Pecan, I used maple syrup for the sweetener choice, as it just seemed right.

And for the Apple Cinnamon, my sweetener was an equal mix of applesauce and agave.  I was a little worried that the applesauce might have made the oats a bit too wet, but thankfully, it turned out beautifully and gave it even more of a sweet apple taste.

Once the granola was done, I got to work on the recipes….

Frist up, Apple Almond Granola Crisp.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Apple Almond Granola Crisp
dessert
8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Apple Cinnamon Granola Box Mix granola, prepared
  • 4 cups sliced apples, skin on
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Prepare Apple Cinnamon Granola Box Mix using ¼ cup apple sauce and ¼ cup of agave as the sweetener add-in.
  2. Slice apples thinly and place in a medium sized baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Pour lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar over apples and mix thoroughly, coating the apples.
  4. Topp with granola and sliced almonds. Cover the dish with foil.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until apples are tender.

Who doesn’t love a good apple crisp, especially in the fall.  I have never been one to peel my apples.  It just takes too long and I actually prefer the taste of apple skins in desserts. It only adds to the texture and leaves some good nutrients.

Once you have the apples sliced, the entire recipe comes together in no time.

 

The granola topping is perfection in this dessert.  Since it’s already cooked, make sure you cover the dish with foil before baking to ensure that it doesn’t burn.

The crisp will come out of the oven smelling decadent.

Top with a small scoop of french vanilla ice cream and a dusting of cinnamon and say hello to fall.

The next recipe I put together was a bit unconventional in terms of granola.

Whenever anyone thinks of granola recipes, they automatically assume a dessert right?

I can see why, but I like to defy the odds so that is where this recipe came from for Maple Pecan Granola Encrusted Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Maple Pecan Granola Box Mix Granola, prepared
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites (or 3 egg whites)
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

Directions:

  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Place granola in a shallow bowl and egg whites in another.
  • Dip the chicken in the egg whites and press into the granola, making sure to press firmly so the granola sticks.
  • Place the chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Drizzle maple syrup over chicken and cover with foil.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
The important thing to remember when preparing this dish is to get all of your ingredients out and ready ahead of time.

Once you dredge the chicken into the egg whites, press firmly into the granola to make sure it sticks.  You may need to press additional granola on the top of the chicken breast once you have it placed on the baking sheet.

To add just a touch more sweetness and to really bring out the maple flavor, I added a little drizzle of maple syrup before baking.

This chicken was outstanding!  Such a great take on an ordinary chicken dinner.

I served mine on top of a beautiful fall salad equipped with beets, roasted squash, brussels sprouts and goat cheese.

I’m constantly coming up with new ways to incorporate granola into my diet but these two recipes are definitely a win and ones that I will be coming back to again this season.

The key is freshly made granola which is why the box mixes are perfect to keep on hand and not just for baking.

Giveaway:

Now, you have the chance to get your hands on one of our box mix Granola Basics before it’s even on the shelves.  Simply leave a comment on this post with one way you would use Granola Basics in a recipe.  I will select 3 winners on Friday, September 21st.

Enjoy!

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WINNERS: 

Tayla @ She’ll Be Free September 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm [edit]

Overnight oats would be a perfect thing to add this granola to!

Lauren S September 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm [edit]

This product is genius! I love how customizable it is–I would definitely use it to amp up my morning yogurt bowls and hot oats.

Alexis @ Hummusapien September 20, 2012 at 10:50 am [edit]

This looks fabulous! I love the idea of DIY granola. I would probably use it in a fruit crumble as well!

Congratulations ladies!  Please email me at Lpodolsky410@gmail.com with your shipping info. 

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{ 71 comments }

Darbi September 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I would use it as a crunchy topping for my baked oatmeal.

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I love fruit crisps, and the creativity of the chicken recipe – I might use it for fish!

SRoberts September 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Hmm— so many options– i would say id sprinkle it in my cottage cheese and baked apple mixture?!

Rachel September 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Oatmeal & Dessert! There’s nothing better than hot oatmeal with raisins & granola and apple crisp for after dinner! Yum!

Alysha @Shesontherun September 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Love your nail polish :) I would use basic granola in a whole grain bread.

Jill September 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Definitely an apple or peach crisp: yum!

Kristin September 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

What a cool idea!!
I would use the granola for yogurt parfaits or for some crunch on top of frozen greek yogurt for a treat!

Bethany @ Accidental Intentions September 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Oh dude, I would totally make that apple crisp. Apple crisp is one of my all-time favorite fall desserts.

Amye September 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I love granola! I like mixing granola into my greek yogurt or using it in parfaits! Yum!

Tayla @ She'll Be Free September 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Overnight oats would be a perfect thing to add this granola to!

Erika September 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

The chicken looks so good – I would have to try that. I love me some granola in my Greek yogurt too!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I LOVE that they did this! I’ve attempted making my own granola (once) and it didn’t turn out well. This seems like the next logical step to homemade and I love that you can control the sweetener and HOW much! So cool.

I’m a pretty simple gal and love granola in my yogurt bowls so that’s probably what I’d do with it first. Then I might get a little creative and make an fruit crisp like you did – such a great idea!

emily (a nutritionist eats) September 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

So creative, I love it!
Hmmm, I might try to make granola bars with the mix! Love the idea of a simple mix too, great product!

Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

My mouth is watering over that apple crisp!

I’d make the granola up for my bf to use in his greek yogurt + berry bowls :)

Jennifer (Savor) September 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Oh dang, I just want to eat it out of my hands…..okay, um, add to my greek yogurt

chelcie @ chelcie's food files September 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

i would love to use the granola to make the apple crisp!

Caitlin F. September 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I just made apple cinnamon granola yesterday with applesauce & it worked great! Goes perfectly with greek yogurt and apple slices.

Valerie September 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I am addicted to Granola. I love to add it to my greek yogurt!

Rachel September 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I would love to try this granola with a berry cobbler :D

Stephanie September 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I would love to use that granola in frozen Greek yogurt pops! I like to scoop Greek yogurt into ice cube trays and add mix-ins like granola- they always come out great!

Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife September 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

wow your recipes with granola look awesome! I want some of that apple crisp ASAP… I’m on my way! (: I love Nuts About Granola ever since you introduced it to me! I eat it every morning now.. just dug into the peanut butter and chocolate kind! (: Yum! I definitely wouldn’t mind winning this giveaway and making that apple dessert! It looks so delcious! Plus I would never to think to put it on chicken!

tempesst September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

i would use it to top my greek yogurt or in fruit crisps!

Heather C September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm
Kate September 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I’d love to use this as a topping on a peach crisp! And I am wondering if there is some way to incorporate it into a crusted fish dish…

Traci September 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I think I might have to try out this chicken recipe if I win! I’m intrigued.

Cori September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I’d love to try it as a topping on french toast or waffles.

Laurel C September 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I would make yogurt parfaits with the granola and mix it into pancake or muffin batter!

kristen September 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I would love this granola for a tofu breading or with yogurt.

Amber September 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I would put it on top of a baked sweet potato and put also put a little bit of vanilla greek yogurt with it…

Kylee September 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

OMG! That chicken looks and sounds so good! I would love to use the granola in a recipe like that!

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Omg, yum! I’d definitely want to try out that apple crisp recipe! Apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts!

Steph @ StephSnacks September 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I would use the granola in yogurt bowls and to use as a topping for frozen yogurt!

Michelle September 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

That apple dish sounds amazing, I like my granola w/yogurt but I would love to try and make a dessert with granola and pumpkin

Emily September 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

What a neat concept! I’d make a fall spiced version, subbing canned pumpkin for part of the honey, adding raisins, maple extract, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds!

Erica September 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

YUM! I bookmarked this and am totally makin that apple crisp in the fall! I would use my granola for parfaits and to make the granola bars made from granola I made a while back!

kathleen @ the daily crumb September 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

i am super jealous of all the granola in your life these days. if you happen to make too much, i’m waiting with open arms :) i would definitely eat it as my midnight (or more like 2 am these days) snack!!

Lauren September 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I would use it as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt or as some added crunch on top of pumpkin pie :)

Cellabella September 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Such a great idea to create a Granola mix! I would also do something like an apple crisp or dutch apple pie!

kolya September 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Ohhh…yum…roll a banana in it!

Avely September 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Mmmmmmm looks so delicious! I would use it on oatmeal or would make an apple crisp with it. The possibilities are endless!

Holly September 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I love to mix granola with cottage cheese :)

Talisa September 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Hi Lauren, I can’t wait to try your Apple Almond Granola Crisp – it looks delicious! I would use this granola to make granola cookies! I’d add some chocolate chips and maybe some chopped nuts! :-) xx

Melissa@http://amileinherboots.blogspot.com/ September 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I just discovered your blog! I love it! Can’t wait to make this recipe.

Lauren September 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hi Melissa. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the recipe. :)

Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds September 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I would actually give the granola a little spin in the food processor for a more fine texture & to evenly coat the chicken. As it is… straight granola on chicken looks a bit chunky & more like a division of flavors rather than a unity of flavors. To adhere the granola to the chicken… what about a play on flavors? A mix of greek yogurt, manuka honey & eggs sounds pretty fantastic. GAWD I love coming up with recipe ideas :)

Ashley P September 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I would use the granola as a topping in a fruit and yogurt parfait!

danielle September 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I would use it on my greek yogurt. Simple and delicious.

Sadie September 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm

a great oatmeal addition for sure!

Meghan September 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I would try baking it with some nut butter and chocolate chips!

lynn @ the actor's diet September 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm

i’ve got a jar of apple pie filling i need to use – will make my own apple crisp with that!

Lauren S September 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

This product is genius! I love how customizable it is–I would definitely use it to amp up my morning yogurt bowls and hot oats.

Jordan D September 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I’d definitely use it for a pear or apple crisp! I bet maple granola would also be awesome on top of a pumpkin pie.

Carolsue September 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Put it on top of Ice Cream…..yogurt….etc etc
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Shannon September 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Yum! Yogurt bowl, oatmeal, straight out of the box!!!:)

RC @ Just Add Cayenne September 19, 2012 at 12:59 am

What an awesome idea! Makes me jealous I didn’t think of and implement it first!

Oh well, I add pumpkin puree, vanilla protein powder, stevia, pumpkin pie spice, and some egg whites to the mix and spread it out about 1/4 inch on a cookie sheet to bake into crispy oat crackers. Then eat and welcome the fall season with an open mouth and happy belly!

Thanks for the opportunity to win, your recipes look delicious!

Amy September 19, 2012 at 1:33 am

I would use Granola Basics to make my own granola bars!

Amy September 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

I love apple crisp, but hate to get my hands gross making the topping-this would be perfect! (though let’s get real, I’ll probably polish off the majority just sticking my hands in the box or topping my yogurt!) great giveaway!

Floey September 19, 2012 at 7:27 am

apple crisp or over yogurt!

Brittany @ Protein And Pumps September 19, 2012 at 8:37 am

As always, that looks amazing! I would use the granola to incorporate into some sort of homemade protein bar!

Denyne September 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

I love granola in yogurt and cottage cheese, if I had any left over I would make a blueberry crisp using your recipe. :)

cassie September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

mix into my yogurt and snack on w/ my AM coffee. I love granola & this sounds like a neat product.

Taryn September 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

Apple crisp! Cannot get enough of apples this time of year!

Jackie September 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

I would LOVE to try this on your apple crisp recipe or even a topping on a yogurt bowl or oatmeal :)

Angie September 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I would first make your Apple Granola Crisp! It sounds divine!

Rachael September 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I definitely want to try the chicken recipe. I would never think to pair granola with chicken, but I think it looks incredible!

Casey September 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

That chicken recipe is one of the coolest recipes I’ve ever seen! I’d definitely try that!

Carly September 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I love granola on fruit crisps.

Nikki September 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

I would coat it on catfish or tilapia

shani September 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

i would use it as the topping for crumble

Alexis @ Hummusapien September 20, 2012 at 10:50 am

This looks fabulous! I love the idea of DIY granola. I would probably use it in a fruit crumble as well!

Stephanie September 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

My favorite way to use granola (or plain oatmeal) is to mix it with yogurt!! So DELISH. I have never tried topping fish or chicken with it, but if I win, I will for sure give it a try! Apple crisp sounds deilish (we rent property with hundreds of apple trees–tis the season too)!!

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