Welcome fall with a bowl of fresh apple pie granola, made with chopped fresh apples baked right in! It is healthy, vegan, and gluten-free.
The Perfect Autumn Cereal: Fresh Apple Pie Granola
If I became a superhero, I would be The Muncher. I would defeat crime and keep citizens safe from evil by munching my way through, well everything. I have not worked out all of the particulars of how (or why) this might work (beyond an extra-powerful jaw, and perhaps the addition of a power gizzard), but considering my talent for munching, I am certain it could.
If you share my predilection for munching, may I suggest making my apple pie granola? I know, I know, you likely have a pinterest board of 50 granola recipes already, but this one has the advantage of being in front of you, right now.
The flavors–cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, vanilla, apple pie pie spices, and fresh apples– are spot-on “apple pie,” and who’s not thinking about/craving pie right now? Plus, making it is a simple process of stir & bake.
Fresh Apples Baked Into the Granola
Instead of dried apples, applesauce or apple juice, this apple pie granola has chopped fresh apples baked right in!
The moisture (as well as some sweetness and flavor) of the apples bakes into the granola, adding crunch, as well as reducing the need for lots of oil and sweetener in the recipe. What’s left behind are spiced dried bits of baked apple throughout!
I love this granola in a bowl with some milk and (additional) fresh chopped apples, but I also like munching it throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll add some chopped dried cherries or cranberries (hello, autumn). A small handful of this granola can satisfy monumental, mid-morning hunger and is perfect for a later-afternoon, pre-workout refuel, too.
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Welcome fall with a bowl of fresh apple pie granola, made with chopped fresh apples baked in! It is healthy, vegan, and gluten-free.
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (certified GF, as needed)
- 1 large tart-sweet apple, peeled and chopped fine
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1/4 cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Optional: 1/2 cup dried cranberries , dried cherries or raisins
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together oats, apple, pecans, and pepitas.
- In a small bowl. whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, salt and nutmeg until well blended.
- Add syrup mixture to the oats mixture and stir until well coated. Spread mixture in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until oats are golden brown. Let cool completely on pan.
- Transfer granola to an airtight container and stir in dried fruit, if using.
Storage: Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Sweetener Options: An equal amount of honey (if not vegan) or brown rice syrup can be used in place of the maple syrup. You can also use an equal amount of coconut sugar or brown sugar If using the sugar option, add 2 tablespoons of water.
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 173
- Sugar: 10.5 g
- Sodium: 71 mg
- Fat: 7.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 26.9 g
- Fiber: 4.6 g
- Protein: 4.7 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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