Grilled Apples with Dessert Granola

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We couldn’t really come up with a creative name for this one because it involves too many tasty components. Grilled (or, panini’d) apples, homemade whipped cream, and dessert granola.

Dessert granola? Like, the breakfast cereal? For dessert?

You bet’cha.

This recipe’s definitely one of our best and least time-consuming collaborations. Within five minutes, we knew almost exactly what we were going to make. I suggested apples. Georgia told me about the cinnamon apples she had grilled on a panini press the night before. I said apple crisp. But not as involved, because we’re lazy. I mean.. it’s Friday. Right. That’s why.

Panini’d apples + whipped cream + dessert granola = fancypants apple dessert deliciousness. It’s like an upscale apple crisp… apple crisp’s cool cousin. Warm, cinnamony apples with tasty homemade whipped cream and a crunchy, almond-y, buttery topping that would make Paula Deen proud. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Grilled Apples with Dessert Granola

For the topping:
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/3 cup crushed almond cookies (we used almond thins, but something similar would be fine)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Mix the first four ingredients together. Melt butter in a skillet over low heat, and cook granola about 5 minutes, or until the sugar is melted. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

For the whipped cream:
In a medium bowl, beat about 1/2 pint heavy cream on medium speed until thickened. Halfway through beating, add 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Chill.

For the apples:
Preheat a panini press. Slice 2 gala apples apples about 1/8 inch thick and place on panini press. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cook a couple minutes until golden.

To assemble the dessert, stack apple slices, then top with whipped cream and dessert granola. Serve while the apples are still warm!

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