This apricot granola recipe is crunchy, spicy, and just right for topping yogurt parfaits. Or eating by the handful - you choose.
The other day I was running around the house, taking care of the laundry, the dishes, corralling the toys, and everything else that happens when you have two kids, and I realized it was almost lunchtime. And yet, I had completely forgotten about eating breakfast.
Since my children are incapable of going more than 10 minutes without eating, this sort of thing never happens on the weekend. During the week forgetting to eat happens far more often than I would like, probably because it often seems silly to make a meal for just myself.
I’m healing this notion by preparing ready-to-eat breakfast foods like this apricot granola. Granola is one of the easiest things you can make at home, and it’s so much better than the store-bought stuff that is often full of extra fat and sugar.
I like to keep my granola simple, and rely on natural flavors and spices rather than refined sugars. Coconut oil and honey add depth of flavor without overpowering the other ingredients, and dried apricots give it that fruity burst most of us have come to expect with granolas.
You can always switch up the ingredients when you make granola at home, using other fruits or spices to make it your own signature recipe. One of my favorite combos is lemon blueberry granola using flavored honey. You can even skip the fruit and go all-out with Nutella almond granola!
No matter what variety of granola you make, your best technique is to line the pan - either with a non-stick liner or disposable parchment paper. I love the nonstick liners because they are reusable, which means I don’t have to waste countless sheets of parchment paper each month.
Anything you bake on them comes right off, and with granola I can just pick up the whole liner and pour my granola right into its jar. Easy peasy! Parchment paper is usually a little flimsy for that trick. Either way, lining the pan is key. You can always use a spatula to do the scooping if you only have parchment paper.
Armed with a batch of spicy homemade apricot granola, I no longer have any excuses to skip breakfast. Get rid of your excuses too and bake up some today!
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Megan is known for her commitment to eating local, fresh food and leading a well-fed life, as documented on her blog, Stetted. Around these parts, though, she's known for her commitment to phenomenal breakfast recipes.