If there is one concept I love making from scratch, it’s granola. I typically always reach for my basic avocado toast, but some days I’m craving something a lil sweet and homemade granola is just so easy!
Let’s be honest, right now, the market is saturated with ready made granola. Let’s also be honest, that’s because everyone loves a good granola, it’s cheap to make, making the profit margins very high. These products are also very high in sugar and also feature additives to make them shelf stable. That being said, you can skip all of that and control the sugar content an just make it yourself!
I don’t do a lot of oatmeal today, but I love oats and find them not only nutrient dense, but nostalgic. Morning oatmeal was my fathers go to, so I love to work it in where I can as it’s fiber packed, filling, affordable, and can make a good flour alternative for various concepts.
What’s fab about this Apple Pie Granola, is everything!
It features homemade dehydrated apples, it’s the saving grace concept for apples on their way out, has minimal ingredients, minimal added sugar, features crispy pecans, quinoa for an added protein boost, can easily be made in bulk, given as a holiday gift, perf for fall, and is my new favorite granola!!
If you love all things apple pie or simply love a good staple granola, you have to try my vegan Apple Pie Granola with toasted pecans and quinoa!!
Dehydrated apple: Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Peel and slice apples, and chop. You can slice the apples more into chips if desired by using a mandolin. Combine the apples with the coconut oil, cinnamon, and coconut sugar and throw on pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 225 degrees for one hour, then flip the slices and bake an additional hour to 1 1/2 hours.
To make granola: Preheat oven 300 degrees
Combine the oats, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, maple syrup, quinoa, and melted coconut oil. Mix well to coat evenly
Pour mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spreading evenly
Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the granola at the 15 minute mark