Last Updated on September 23, 2020 by Ellen Christian
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.
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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
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.
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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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.