Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Product Review & Recipe: Flavor Your Life Campaign | Apple Cinnamon Granola with Olive Oil

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Hey y'all! Today, I am bringing you two great things - one amazing granola recipe and some great information to help you understand authentic extra virgin olive oil from Europe! 




As you may or may not know, I'm a Moms Meet Blogger and from time to time I will have the opportunity to test products and learn about different companies and campaigns. Several weeks ago, I was contacted in regards to participating in The Flavor Your Life campaign. To be honest, I didn't know anything about The Flavor Your Life campaign prior to Moms Meet, but I jumped at the opportunity to be apart of it. 

The Flavor Your Life mission is funded by the European Union, the Italian government and European extra virgin olive oil producers. The campaign's main goal is to help educate US consumers about authentic extra virgin olive oil from Europe, it's benefits, how it's made and how to select the best evoo. I'm going to let out another secret, I had no idea what evoo was until Rachel Ray hit the Food Network channel, am I the only one? I had no idea there were so many different flavors. I had no idea how it was made or that its flavor depended greatly on the region and time at which the olives were harvested.

Did you know extra virgin olive oil is made without heat or chemicals, it's known as cold-pressed processing. It's not overly processed, which ensures quality over taste. The best way to store your evoo is in a cool dark place, a cabinet or pantry. The worst place to store your evoo is on your counter or near your stove! That was eye opening for me because I keep most of my oils in a caddy right next to my stove. 

After reading up on The Flavor Your Life mission I learned about the different colors of olive oil and how that can tell you the region in which the olives were harvested. Spanish oil is normally golden yellow with a fruity and nutty flavor and Italian olive oil is normally dark green and has a herbal aroma. To learn more about The Flavor Your Life Mission head over to their website by clicking here!

I use evoo in almost all of my cooking. One thing I love about evoo is the fact that it is so versatile.  You can saute vegetables, you can fry with it and you can even bake with it. One thing I love making with olive oil is granola! Which leads me to my second favorite thing about this post - Apple Cinnamon Granola!

Homemade granola is so easy to make, easy to store, easy to customize and last a decent amount of time; however, it never last more than four days at my house no matter how big of a batch I make!

You just need a few ingredients, almost all of my ingredients I purchased at Aldi's - which makes this extremely budget friendly. I did opt to use some great quality evoo, thanks to Moms Meet. The Zucchi brand I used is a 200 year old company that has been managed by seven generations of the Zucchi family, I'd say they know a thing or two about great quality evoo!


Ingredient List

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup almonds, sliced
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 small apple, I used Gala, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons honey
Cinnamon to taste - I love cinnamon so I am heavy handed!


Preheat your oven to 300° F and line a 10 x 15 baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, I added the oatmeal, almonds, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, coconut, chopped apple and a delicious table spoon plus a sprinkle of cinnamon. I mixed that all together.


Your apples should be deliciously covered in brown sugar and cinnamon. Warning, you will need to stop yourself from eating it all as is, it's that good! 

On the stove top in a small sauce pan, gently heat the extra virgin olive oil, honey and vanilla. Stir until warmed through and thoroughly mixed. 


Gently pour the extra virgin olive oil mixture over the oat mixture and stir well again. 


Evenly spread the mixture out onto your baking sheet. I took it upon myself to add a heavy handed sprinkle of cinnamon over it again, because why not? Place this beauty in your 300°F oven and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.


When it comes out of the oven your house will smell heavenly. You will want to try it immediately. It is best if you let it cool, mostly so you have a full baking sheet of granola to eat on during the week. But, honestly, nothing is better than fresh hot granola. So, go ahead and taste test!

I normally store this in a large mason jar and we enjoy it on top of yogurt, ice cream, in pancake batter, by itself or as a bowl of cereal. It is so delicious. If stored in an airtight container it should stay fresh for up to two weeks, but I promise, you will eat it all before then!

Be sure to check out The Flavor Your Life mission below:

19 comments:

  1. I'm not usually big on granola, but this looks really good and easy to make!

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    1. My husband isn't a huge fan of granola, but he loved this warmed up and topped on vanilla ice cream!

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  2. I'm still full from dinner, but this looks so good!! Definitly pinning this so I can try it!!

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    1. Thanks for pinning, it is seriously no fail! It will never let you down. Add in anything you like!

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  3. Ok so I've never heard the word evoo until now. I've recently been checking out a store in our new mall that sells all sorts of Oils for cooking and cute glass jars to go with them. There's nothing better than cooking with a great oil! Thank you for the recipe, I'm going to give it a try being that I buy a box of granola weekly for my hubby to take to work. It will definitely save us money!

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    1. I use to buy so much granola, we go through it like crazy. But, I've made my own now for a few years, including granola bars, and I just can't go back. They are so easy and so delicious fresh!

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  4. I never thought to put granola in pancake batter -- I feel like I need to give this a try soon!

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    1. If I add it to pancake batter, I make my regular batter, pour the pancake mix to the size I want, sprinkle it on once I get my first bubble and then flip it shortly after to let it finish cooking. If you add it to early it will settle in the batter and not stay crunchy in the cooking process. It's so good!

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  5. I've never thought of making granola. I love the combination of apple and cinnamon. May have to give this a go on the weekend.

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  6. I love granola! This one sounds amazing! How have I never thought about adding it to pancake batter.

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  7. I learned something new because I never heard Evoo oil and gala apples. I love granola and thought it was too complicated to make. I will use your recipe to try it. Can I use other apples?

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    1. Yes!! You could use any apple that you have that is good to bake with. I've also used peaches and mangos with other seasonings. It's so versatile you can really add any type of combination. It's so easy to make!

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  8. This looks so yummy. I will need to give it a try. Much better for you this way too

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  9. It looks good! I am sure my children would love this. Do you think it would be possible to add something so it would stick in a barre? Would make a good snack!

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    1. I'm not sure what a barre is, but it does make a quick and easy snack!

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  10. Well this looks absolutely delicious! Usually I only drink apple granola in the fall, but I bet the combination of apple + coconut gives it a bit of a summery twist. Yum!

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    1. To this mix I've also added pineapple, the coconut and pineapple is amazing!

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  11. This sounds so good. I haven't made granola with apples before

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    1. Do it right now, you won't regret it!!

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