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Cinnamon Apple Granola (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

This simple granola uses dried apples as a mix-in. You can use store bought dried apples for a quick assembly, or make your own at home.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Tessa Fisher

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup grade b preferred
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried apples or more if desired for homemade dried apples, see below
  • For homemade dried apples:
  • 4 cups water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 apples sliced about 1/8th of an inch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, pepitas, hemp hearts, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a smaill bowl, whisk together coconut oil, 1/3 cup maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Pour over dry ingredients and stir until the oat mixture is evenly coated.
  4. Pour mixture onto baking sheet, spread, and pack down flat (using a piece of parchment or plastic wrap is an easy, mess-free way to do this).
  5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Stir about halfway through, pack back down, drizzle tablespoon of maple syrup over the top, and bake for the remaining time or until granola is golden brown. If it looks like the walnuts are browning up quickly, tent a piece of foil over the pan for the remaining baking minutes.
  6. When done, granola should look golden brown. Place baking sheet on wire rack and let granola cool completely. When cool, break up granola into pieces and stir in dried apples. Store in an airtight container.
  7. To make homemade dried apples: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine water and lemon juice. Add apple slices and allow to soak for 20-30 mins. This will reduce browning. Remove apples from lemon water and place on a paper towel. Press another paper towel over the top to remove excess liquid. Place slices on baking sheets and put one tray on upper and one tray on lower racks and bake for one hour. Remove, turn over slices, and bake for one more hour. If you would like crispier apple slices, bake for up to 30 minutes to an hour additional. I baked mine for two and a half hours total.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from my Whole Grain Sorghum Pecan Granola. Dried apple guidance from Eating Well.