If there’s a time of year to cook at home, it’s fall! We come back from the local orchard with enough apples for a family of twelve and we can’t seem to resist buying squash at the grocery store (it makes cute centrepieces!). For all those reasons, we decided to bring together 6 comforting recipes made with granola to try before all the tree leaves have fallen to the ground!\n \n1. Caramel and Granola Apples\n\nPhoto credit: Camille Labonté\n\n\n\n\nPreparation time: 30 minutes\n\nKey ingredients:\n\nApples\nOatbox Salted Caramel Granola\n\nIn a small saucepan, bring the sugar, the corn syrup and the water to a boil. Once the caramel becomes a nice dark brown colour, remove from the heat and gradually add cream, butter and vanilla. Bring back to a boil. Let cool for 10 minutes before dipping the apples in the caramel, and then in the granola. \nTip: you can use the Oatbox Granola flavour of your choice! \n \n2. Acorn Squash Salad\n\n- Preparation time: 25 minutes- Cooking time: 25 minutes\nKey ingredients:\n\nAcorn squash\nOatbox Cranberry and Hazelnuts Granola\nPecans\nKale\nOrchard fruits\n\n\nEven if summertime is over, eating a salad as a meal isn’t a crime! Preheat the oven to 375°F and brush the slices of acorn squash with olive oil on a lined baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper before baking for 25 minutes, or until tender, and let cool. \n\nWhen ready to serve, spread the squash with the apple or pear slices and kale. Garnish with roasted pecans, dressing and Oatbox Granola.\n\n3. Mini Apple Hand Pies\n \n- Preparation time: 25 minutes- Cooking time: 10 minutes\nKey ingredients:\n\nApples\nOatbox Salted Caramel Granola\nPie dough\n\n\nStart by combining the diced apples with the corn starch, the sugar and the lemon juice in a pan. Let rest for 1 hour before bringing to a boil and cooking for 10 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the mixture has thickened thanks to the corn starch. \n\nPreheat the oven to 425°F. Meanwhile, cut the pie dough in 12 equal pieces. Fill half of the pie shells with the apple mixture and Oatbox Salted Caramel Granola. Cover with the second dough and gently press it closed using a fork. Brush the top of the pies with milk and make an X-cut on each one. Bake for 10 minutes or until the dough is golden. The final step: enjoy one with a coffee or green tea!\n \n4. Belgian Style Pumpkin Waffles\n \n- Preparation time: 25 minutes- Cooking time: 25 minutes\nKey ingredients:\n\nPumpkin puree\nOatbox White Chocolate and Coffee Granola\nApples\n\n\nMake yourself a coffee before beating the egg yolks, butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy. Then, mix the ground cinnamon, ginger and clove together with the flour. \n\nAdd the flour and milk to the base, alternating until fully combined. Add the pumpkin puree and mix, before doing the same for the whipped egg whites. Finally, cook in a waffle iron and top with warm apples, maple syrup, and Oatbox White Chocolate and Coffee Granola.\n\n5. Squash Soup with Crispy Kale and Granola Topping\n \n- Preparation time: 10 minutes- Cooking time: 50 minutes\nKey ingredients:\n\nButternut squash\nOatbox Cranberry and Hazelnuts Granola\nVegetable broth\nKale\n\n\nOur most comforting fall recipe list wouldn’t be complete without a squash soup! That will bring the colour back to your cheeks, even on a cold and rainy day. First, in a large pot, caramelize the onion and garlic in oil. Pour yourself a glass of white wine and deglaze the pot, letting the alcohol evaporate. Add the butternut squash, the vegetable broth and the rosemary branches. Season with salt and pepper, and let simmer for 45 minutes.\n\nWhen the squash is completely cooked, remove rosemary branches (important!) and blend until smooth. For the topping, preheat the oven to 350°F. Drop the kale on a baking sheet and garnish with Oatbox Cranberry and Hazelnuts Granola. Add oil, salt, pepper and Herbes de Provence to taste. After baking the kale for 10 minutes, pour the squash soup in a bowl and add the topping once the kale is crispy!\n \n6. Open Face Apple Pie\n \n- Preparation time: 20 minutes- Cooking time: 40 minutes\nKey ingredients:\n\nApples\nOatbox Coconut and Blueberry Granola\n\n\nIf you’re not a big fan of dough and wish to prepare a dessert that truly honours the apple, this recipe was created with you in mind! First, preheat the oven to 350°F and let the dough sit on parchment paper. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the sliced apples, the flour, the ground cinnamon, the juice of a half lemon and Oatbox Coconut and Blueberry Granola.\n.\n\nFill the dough leaving a 2.5 inches uncovered border, which you will then fold to shape the delicious container in which will bake the apple pie. Brush with milk and leave in the oven for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden.\nThese recipes to try in the comfort of your home and your cozy clothing can be adapted to your liking, based on your dietary convictions. If you want to give your breakfasts a surprising twist this fall, check out our Overnight Oats.