When my husband and I lived on the East Coast, and an epic snow storm was on its way, we’d go shopping for water, wood for the fireplace, and non-perishable dinner options. But usually we’d end up with a case of beer and ingredients for homemade granola. Not a common combo, but it was storm prepping at its finest. So when I made this healthy apple pie granola, it kind of brought back…
I don’t know why I always made a fresh batch of homemade granola when the DC weather announcers would predict the biggest snowfall in years. But there was something fun about checking our work emails the minute we work up, getting the glorious news that the metro and federal government was closed, and then running downstairs like giddy kids on Christmas day and have a bowl of homemade granola as the flakes started to fall.
‘Cause nothing says lazy-adult-snowstorm-day like granola in the morning, Netflix all afternoon, and beer by the fire in the evening. Now we live in Southern California and snow days are a thing of the past. It’s ok though – our snowstorm days now would look more like spilled milk in the morning, Sesame Street all day, and treating diaper rash all evening. I mean, seriously a good time and all, but I’ll stick with my fond pre-children memories.
As fall is approaching, I pondered the last time I made granola. It’s been YEARS. Hard to believe considering it was kind of my ‘thing’. So when all the fun fall-inspired food starts making their lovely appearances at farmers markets, the grocery store, and Pinterest, I HAD to make a granola that was my best version, and true to fall. What else could that be besides APPLE PIE?!
This is like the portable, crunchy version of apple pie you can eat pretty much any time of day. It’s the version of apple pie that you might sub for real apple pie because it’s THAT good. And it’s the version of apple pie that you can successfully make, because let’s face it – trying to make a pie crust is hard, and an art I will never, ever master.
Plus this clean and healthy apple pie granola will make your house smell oh so so so good and having your neighbors coming out of the woodworks to whiff in that sweet baked apple smell. No refined sugar here either, just simple and delightful ingredients.
The secret to incorporating that amazing apple flavor? Using a combination of spices and apple cider in this recipe, then adding dried apple chips. The best way to make your own apple chips is in a food dehydrator. BUT if you don’t have a dehydrator, don’t sweat it! You can make apple chips in the oven too. For the oven version, slice the apples VERY thin with a mandolin slicer and place on a parchment lined baking sheet in the oven at 225 degrees for one hour, then flip the slices and bake an additional hour to 1 1/2 hours). OR make life easy and buy a bag at your local grocer or here.
Simply combine all the ingredients (except for the apple chips) in a large bowl and then spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. BOOM – that’s it. So easy and you won’t believe the flavor! Crunchy fall goodness right there mmm hmmm.
You don’t need an excuse like a snowstorm to make this delicious breakfast or portable snack. In fact, it might be best to make it when you aren’t cooped up in your house all day, since that usually leads to eating the entire batch. Guilty as charged!
Apple treats kind of your jam? Try this paleo apple bread with maple caramel glaze!
What’s your favorite flavor of fall?
Simple and Clean Apple Pie Granola
- Yield: 4 cups
- 1 cup diced dehydrated apple chips
- 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup apple cider (or juice)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
To make apple chips
- Slice apples using mandoline slicer (on the thinnest setting), then place slices on trays and dehydrate overnight. If you do not have a food dehydrator, place sliced apples on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 225 degrees for one hour, then flip the slices and bake an additional hour to 1 1/2 hours). Cut apple chips into small pieces for granola
To make granola
- Preheat oven 300 degrees
- Combine the oats, almonds, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, salt, maple syrup, apple cider, 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
- Once granola is cooled, add the diced apple chips
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