Menu Monday: Recipe for Cherry Apple Granola Pizza with Vanilla Drizzle

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One of my favorite high energy breakfasts is granola for not only the amazing taste but the health benefits as well. What … you didn’t know granola had health benefits? It definitely does! Granola is generally a mixture of oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruits. I enjoy mine with skim milk or non-fat yogurt for breakfast many mornings. On winter mornings, the milk can be warmed before you pour it over the granola for a great cold day breakfast.

Because granola is made with whole grain oats, it can play a part in lowering your blood pressure. Oatmeal and oat bran are fantastic sources of dietary fiber which have been proven effective in lowering cholesterol levels and aiding in a healthy digestive tract. High fiber foods help with weight loss because they make you feel full longer. Granola is often made with seeds, nuts and dried fruits. Granola made with walnuts or almonds contains high amounts of Vitamin E which is a potent anti-oxidant.

Gourmet Orchards offers fifteen varieties of yummy, delicious, nutrient backed granola to choose from! Their selection includes mouth watering varieties like pumpkin pie granola, PB&J granola, pecan pie granola, peach pie granola and more! Now that’s what I call a great breakfast! I was thrilled to be able to sample the ginger snap granola that is loaded with pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds and coconut mixed with pure molasses! I don’t know about you, but when I think of ginger snap, I think of apples so I decided to put together this amazing Cherry Apple Granola Pizza with Vanilla Drizzle.

Cherry Apple Granola Pizza with Vanilla Drizzle

2 cups of all purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons of rapid rise yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup warm water (120 to 130 degrees)
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup dried cherries
2/3 cup Gourmet Orchard’s Ginger Snap Granola

Drizzle

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

1. Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in large bowl. Add warm water and 3 tablespoons melted butter. Mix until well blended.

2. Add enough extra flour to form a soft dough ball that is slightly sticky.

3. Knead dough on floured board until smooth and elastic (about 4 minutes).


4. Put 2 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and dried cherries into small pan. Cooking until boiling and boil one minute. Mix cherry mixture with pie filling.

5. With floured hands, gently press dough to fill a well greased pizza pan. Create an edge around the edge of the pan by pinching gently.

6. Spread pie filling over crust and bake at 450F for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with granola.

7. Put pizza back in the oven and cook for 6-9 more minutes until crust is browned and granola is slightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes.

8. Make the vanilla drizzle in a small bowl. Drizzle of pizza and serve.

This pizza is absolutely amazing. It works well for a healthy breakfast, brunch or lunch or just a yummy snack!  Everyone raved about the taste.  I love using the Gourmet Orchards Ginger Snap Granola as a topping.  The ginger is just the perfect accompaniment to the apples and cherries.  It reminds me of a delicious apple pie with a bit more attitude!  Gourmet Orchards granola can be purchased in one pound bags for $7.99 to $8.99 depending on the variety.  For those watching their sugar, they even have versions sweetened with agave!

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Comments

  1. Yummy! I love granola. Sounds like they have a lot of variety to choose from. And what a great idea to use it as a topping. Can I come over for breakfast?
  2. Nicole weaver says
    Ellen,

    Wow! Granola, I love granola, my old time favorite. being lactose intolerant I eat my granola with apple coconut or rice milk, yum!

    Great post !

    Nicole Weaver
    trilingual children's Author
    http://mysisterismybestfrioend.blogspot.com
  3. Turning the Clock Back says
    I love granola! I like to put in in my yogurt or just pour it in a bowl with milk. This looks good!
  4. Tonya Staab says
    I never ever would have thought to make a pizza like that, it sounds delicious. I love granola too. I've become obsessed with parfaits lately and you simply cannot have a parfait without granola, I also love it on oatmeal, but now I totally want to try that pizza.
  5. lifeinreviewblog says
    Oh my that looks amazing! Now I'm hungry! :)

    Michelle V
  6. Vanessa Nunley says
    Granola Pizza.....what a great idea for making breakfast fun, delicious and good for you. Can't wait to try it for my family! (BTW...the ginger snap granola sounds amazing)
  7. Kathy Murphy says
    Wow! I hadn't heard of granola pizza before - it looks delicious. Great article with tons of info
  8. Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva says
    this looks amazing Ellen...I will so try it soon. Super job will try the product soon!!!
  9. Christy Lee says
    Looks fabulous! Curious if you have the nutritional facts for this for those of us that watch EVERYTHING? Thanks!
  10. Sara @ Mom Endeavors says
    Wow! That looks delicious! Would have never thought to do that with granola, but YUM!
  11. I don't see the nutrition info on the website but that's certainly something to check on!
  12. Dawn Sandomeno says
    I love this recipe as do I love granola! Thanks for sharing it.
  13. This looks so good.. Anything with granola and apples is worth a try!
  14. Love granola. Printing this post so I can try it out on the weekend.

    Thanks!
  15. This sounds so Yummy. I will have to check the website out as I am a mom if a picky 3 year old and if I can find new things for him to eat it is a God send.
  16. I love this idea. It sounds terrific. I eat a lot of granola. I'll have to try it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheryl
    http://ccmalandrinos.com
  17. Courtney Velasquez says
    I eat granola every day and am going to try this yummy recipe!!!
  18. Jules from A Little Bite of Life says
    This sounds so good-I love cherry in granola!
  19. Dawn Camp says
    I never would have thought of granola pizza. Looks delish!
  20. bargainshoppermom says
    Wow that looks yummy! Now I am hungry. LOL
  21. Yum!!! I'll have to try this out sometime!! :-)
  22. This looks like a great recipe! I love granola...it is so filling and healthy!
  23. bigguysmama says
    Holy moly Rocky! That looks SO yummy!

    ~Mimi
  24. That looks so yummy! I am def. going to have to try this out!

    -Jennifer, Jennifer's Deals
  25. Jennifer, A Self-Confessed Foodie says
    This is so creative! I never would have thought to make something like this!
  26. Kate Dolan says
    That sounds SO good. I love all the granola flavors, too. I think the combination of ingredients in granola is terrific.
    You need to come up with a frozen version of your pizza! I hardly ever make time to cook these days, unfortunately.
  27. Our Village is a Little Different says
    Granola and yogurt is my almost every day breakfast. This looks way better! Thanks for the great recipe idea - it's definitely a keeper!
  28. MMMM...a granola pizza...never had one but I will now!
  29. Momma Teri says
    Oh my what a wonderful creation that even my kiddos would eat.
  30. Cuzinlogic says
    I'm not a fan of granola, but I'll definitely pass this on to someone I know who loves it.
  31. V.R. Leavitt says
    Holy cow that looks incredible!
  32. I think I'd like this with less crust - looks yummy though.

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