Healthy Apple Pie Granola

This Apple Pie Granola is packed with cozy fall flavors – with notes of warm cinnamon and more apple pie spices as well as a generous sprinkling of dried apples! This easy homemade gluten free granola recipe is perfect for breakfast, or for making yogurt parfaits for dessert or a brunch buffet! 

healthy glutenfree vegan apple pie granola on a glass mason jar

Kick in the cozy fall vibes with this Homemade gluten free Apple Pie Granola recipe that is vegan and gluten-free. This fall-themed apple pie granola is a must-try for all lovers of pie, cinnamon spice, and everything nice. Yes – that should include all of you.

It’s naturally-sweetened with maple syrup, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and made with dehydrated apples. Could you make your own dehydrated apples? Sure (here’s how to)! But I took the shortcut and used store-bought ones.

This homemade granola is perfect for anyone who likes the idea of apple pie for breakfast without having to follow the sugar-induced urge to go straight back to bed afterward. Plus it makes your kitchen smell of apple pie a lot longer than that scented candle. Which is never a bad thing IMO. Guys, I hope this makes you very, very happy.

apple pie granola sprinkled on greek yogurt with a spoon on the side

Only the best healthy breakfast ingredients go into this! This granola makes for a great healthy alternative to store-bought granola mix! Ideal to snack on whenever you are craving pie or something sweet. Consider all your fall and winter breakfasts sorted!

To lend some authentic apple pie flavor to this, we add some Homemade Apple Pie Spice. Yes, no need to resort to yet another store-bought spice blend. Apple spice is stupid easy to make by simply blending:

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom

Double or triple the amount and use some to up to cozy for all your chia puddings, porridge, quinoa breakfast bowls or overnight oats.

overhead shot of a mason jar with healthy apple pie granola

How to make this gluten free apple pie granola recipe:

Prep: Preheat your oven to 300 F / 150 C degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

picture collage demonstrating how to make apple pie granola

Step 1 – In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: oats, shredded coconut, nuts, spices and salt.

Step 2 &3 – Add the wet ingredients: maple syrup and coconut oil. Mix thoroughly until well combined and all the oats look wet.

healthy apple pie granola being baked on a sheet pan - step by step pictures

Step 4 & 5 – Transfer the granola on prepared baking sheet, spread the mixture into a 3/4″-thick layer (about 1.5/2 cm) and with a wooden spoon, press down the granola on the prepared baking sheet.
Step 5 – Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. All ovens are different so start checking around 20-25 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn. 

Step 6 – Remove from the oven, spread the dried apples on top, and let it cool completely. DO NOT TOUCH if you want nice clusters. When cool, break it into pieces and store in an air-tight container – ideally in the fridge to keep it extra crunchy.

How to use this apple pie granola:

Guys, this gluten free granola recipe is good for much more than just as a breakfast cereal with milk and can be so versatile.

  • Mix the granola with yogurt as I did for the pic below. Breakfast bowl perfection!
  • Use this healthy granola as a base to make granola bars or granola bites! Here’s a great recipe.
  • Why not serve your favorite squash soup or sweet potato soup with a teaspoon  of this granola sprinkled on top? Yep, it sounds strange but I am pretty sure you will LOVE it.
  • Put some granola in your food processor, pulse quickly to make it finer. Roll some mango slices or bananas in the mix and freeze. Awesome as a healthy frozen treat in late summer.
  • Sprinkle it on top of your favorite breakfast smoothie.

glutenfree apple pie ganola served on top of yogurt

Tips:

  • A thick layer and pressing down the granola is key to getting clusters!
  • If you prefer your granola without clusters, spread the mixture as much as possible and don’t press it down.
  • DO NOT TOUCH the granola before it’s completely cooled down. It’s key to make it crunchy and clumpy!
  • You could use honey instead of maple syrup for a non-vegan version that is still refined sugar-free.
  • Use virgin coconut oil if you enjoy a bit of coconut taste, refined coconut oil to avoid it
  • I used pecans, almonds and hazelnuts for this recipe but you can also use walnuts, pistachios, or cashews. And why not add in some sunflower seeds, hemp seeds or pepitas?
Healthy Apple Pie Granola in a glass mason jar
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Apple Pie Granola

This Apple Pie Granola is packed with cozy fall flavors - with notes of warm cinnamon and more apple pie spices as well as a generous sprinkling of dried apple chips! This easy homemade glutenfree granola recipe is perfect for breakfast, or for making yogurt parfaits for dessert or a brunch buffet! 
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword apple granola recipe, glutenfree granola recipe, vegan granola recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooking 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings - makes 6 cups
Calories 274 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats – also known as old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut unsweetened – optional
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts roughly chopped – I used a mix of almonds hazelnuts and pecans
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted – I used refined coconut oil to avoid the coconut taste
  • 1 cup dried or dehydrated apples chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F / 150 C degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: oats, shredded coconut, nuts, spices and salt.

  3. Add the wet ingredients: maple syrup and coconut oil. Mix thoroughly until well combined and all the oats look wet.
  4. Transfer on prepared baking sheet, spread the mixture into a 3/4"-thick layer (about 1.5/2 cm) and with a wooden spoon, press down the granola on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. A thick layer and pressing down the granola is key to getting clusters!
  6. If you prefer your granola without clusters, spread the mixture as much as possible and don't press it down.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. All ovens are different so start checking around 20-25 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn.
  9. Remove from the oven, spread the dried apples on top and let it cool completely.
  10. DO NOT TOUCH the granola before it's completely cooled down. It's key to make it crunchy and clumpy!
  11. When cool, break it into pieces and store in an air-tight container – ideally in the fridge to keep it extra crunchy.

Recipe Notes

  • A thick layer and pressing down the granola is key to getting clusters!
  •  I used refined coconut oil in this recipe to avoid the coconut taste
  • If you prefer your granola without clusters, spread the mixture as much as possible and don't press it down. 
  • All ovens are different so start checking around 20-25 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn. 
  • DO NOT TOUCH the granola before it's completely cooled down. It's key to make it crunchy and clumpy!
Nutrition Facts
Apple Pie Granola
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 248mg7%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 Comments
  1. I love the flavors you added to your granola. I’m planning to make it this afternoon. I’m going to go look for some dried apples first.

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