Spiced Apple Cider Granola

One wouldn’t be lying if they said Vermont is known for its granolas. Around here, this can describe the general population just as easily as the nutty, crunchy, oat-laden topping.  Granola gives us Vermonters the energy to survive long winters and longer election cycles. Add it to yogurt, put it on ice cream, or just snack on it by its lonesome. We don’t judge.

Walk around the supermarket, and don’t be shocked if you see the price of some granolas on par with top choice sirloin. Luckily, it’s real easy and inexpensive to make a batch yourself. Naturally, we flavor ours with Hot Spiced Apple Cider Concentrate. Our cider adds the right amount of sweetness, and the spice mix compliments anything you’re likely to eat with granola. When you’re ready to take the leap, and start making this pantry staple yourself, try our recipe.

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup almonds or pecans (or half and half)
¼ tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp. brown sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup Spice Apple Cider Concentrate
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 300o Fahrenheit. Mix together the oats, nuts, salt and sugar. In a separate container mix together the vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and Spiced Apple Cider Concentrate. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and spread out on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and bake for another 5 to 15 minutes (or until golden brown). Remove from oven and let granola cool and harden for 20 minutes. Enjoy.