This is one of my most favourite things to do lately.
There is something very therapeutic about something slowly toasting away and stiring it every so often. Watching the transformation from oats to a delicious granola is exciting! (I need a life dont I!?!)
Place almonds into bowl and blitz on speed 5 until slightly crushed. This is to taste.
In a large dish combine cinnamon, oats, almonds, pepitas and sunflower kernals.
In the bowl add oil, vanilla, apple purée and maple syrup.
Mix at 50 degrees, speed 2 until melted. This shouldn’t take too long.
Pour the oil mix over the oat mixture. Use hands or spoon to mix well.
Spread mixture across two large ovenproof dishes or trays lined with baking paper.
Place into the oven. I had to cook mine for 45 minutes to get a nice golden colour – you might like more or less colour. The trick is to just watch it. Stir the mixture every 10 minutes or so to avoid any burnt bits.
Once almost done, add the coconut and sesame seeds. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until coconut is slightly toasted.
Remove from oven. Add flaxseed meal and dried apple to mixture. Combine well.