You might not think of applesauce as being one of those things you need to make. I mean, Mott’s has a pretty good handle on the market right? But I’m hear to tell you, as someone who has made 4 batches in 2 weeks, Mott’s ain’t got nothin’ on me. No kidding, I’m eating a small bowl of homemade applesauce right now, fresh out of the slow cooker, as a late night snack!
It all started out so innocently. A little nibble. Okay a spoonful. Maybe a bowl. And then SCREW IT. I’M EATING IT ALL.
And that is how this grain-free, Paleo, made-in-under-an-hour, and COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE granola got its name. Cracknola. It was technically “Yaya’s Cracknola” but we had to shorten it from there so that we had more time to shove fistfuls into our pieholes.
Cracknola is adapted from Danielle Walker’s Vanilla-Almond Granola (from her first cookbook), and after years of tinkering and updating and adding it’s taken on a life of its own now. Yaya’s original recipe includes breadcrumbs made from Cranberry-Orange Muffins, another Against All Grain recipe. I’ve made it with the muffin breadcrumbs and without and I don’t notice a major difference. My girls don’t love cranberries so I’ve come up with my own flavor combination for muffins that the girls love and I prefer as well. If you’d like to include muffin breadcrumbs and don’t want to bake from scratch you could either buy your favorite gluten-free muffins or Simple Mills has several muffin mixes out right now that I bet would be OUTSTANDING in this granola. Banana, I’m lookin’ at you.
I love having Cracknola on top of my favorite yogurt (currently dairy-free Kite Hill) or as a cereal with, a big splash of The New Barn Vanilla Almondmilk. My husband eats it with a spoon, right out of the container. And he is applauded for it! No judgement here! Try a batch of Cracknola and I bet this becomes your go-to granola recipe, just like it became ours. Enjoy!
Not until a group of us went out to dinner at American Cut in Tribeca last fall did I know what in the hell shishito peppers were. We timed dinner so that the ladies could meet for drinks before the fellas got off work, so an order of these with a cocktail on the side? PUH-LEASE. I think I proceeded to eat 95% of the bowl…thanks girls!
Oh these little nuggets of goodness! These are one of the food items I missed most on my Whole30. I sat down one day somewhere near the end of the program – probably Day 20 or so – and made a list of the foods I wanted to incorporate back into my life post-Whole30. It turned out to be a relatively short list: Parmesan cheese, rice, honey, gluten-free pasta and…wait for it…these protein balls.