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Apple Cinnamon Granola With Superfood Will Be Your New Favorite Snack

The perfect midday snack or smoothie topper, this fruit-sweetened superfood-packed granola will have you energized and ready to run!

Apple Cinnamon Granola With Superfood

Makes about 10 cups

5 cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup chia seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
1 cup toasted almonds, chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. salt
1 green apple, peeled and diced
2  cups dates (pitted and soaked 10 minutes in warm water to soften)
1½ cups water
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup chopped dried figs
1 cup toasted coconut

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Place apple, dates, water and oil in a food processor or blender. Pulse until evenly combined. Mix wet with dry ingredients until evenly coated. On a baking tray with parchment paper and nonstick spray, spread mixture evenly. You want it to be a thin layer, so two trays might be necessary. Bake for 35 minutes. Take it out and flip it or mix it (do not overmix, or this will leave you with granola that is just crumbs). Bake an additional 35 minutes, checking on it every so often. You want it to be golden brown; it will harden and get crunchy once cooled. I like to leave it in the oven with the oven turned off for an additional 10 minutes. After cooking, toss in dried figs and coconut. Store in an airtight container or in the freezer.

Running on Veggies

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Lottie Bildirici lives in New York. She blogs at www.runonveg.com and is a recipe developer and holistic health coach with a passion for running and eating clean while enjoying every bite. Creating recipes to recover faster and fuel your best workout, she believes food is medicine. Since we put a lot of stress on our body with running and working out, Bildirici believes in the importance of eating properly, so we don't stress our bodies more with improper fueling.