Packed with apple pie flavor but none of the guilt, this Gluten-Free Apple Pie Granola is the ultimate fall snack.
Scratch that – HALFWAY THROUGH September? Ughhhhh. Summer, how do you always seem to go by so fast?
Truth be told – as much as I love summer, I’m kind of excited for the cool crispness of autumn this year. Yes, I am the girl that much prefers 95 degrees to 50 degrees, but when you’re over 8 months pregnant and week after week after week of your summer has been filled with record-breaking highs, cool, crisp days have never sounded so good.
Plus, APPLE SEASON!!!!!!!
My parents visited us over labor day weekend and helped us get what seemed like endless coats of paint on the walls of our new house. To reward ourselves for all the hard work, my mom and I whipped up an apple crisp one night, made with apples from her very own apple tree (how cool is that?!) and I’ve been wanting apple e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g ever since. So CLEARLY apple had to find it’s way into my semi-weekly batch of granola.
No other option, right? 😉
The weekend before last I saw the first apple butter batch of the season available at our farmer’s market, and snagged a jar up in record time. (I swear, I could eat that stuff straight…) Have you ever had local, homemade apple butter? There is NOTHING like it!
So when I was brainstorming how I could pack as much apple flavor into my granola as humanly possible, I KNEW apple butter would absolutely have to make an appearance. And by appearance, I mean dump the whole jar in, folks!
Ok – not the whole jar (that would be a soggy mess!) but as much as the oats and nuts can possibly bear to hold. It’s apple season; it’s the only way.
If you don’t have access to fresh, local apple butter, have no fear! 9 times out of 10 you can find a jar hiding amongst the jams in just about any grocery store. If you’re lucky enough to have apple butter options at your grocery store, just be sure to read the ingredients and chose the apple butter that has the most natural ingredients coupled with the most spices (and the one that’s gluten-free, obviously 😉 ).
If you can’t find one that has spices included, just up all of the spices in the recipe by about ⅛ teaspoon each and you’ll be golden.
Since we’re packing as much apple flavor as we can into this apple pie granola via our beloved apple butter, which makes the batter more moisture packed (and delicious!) than usual, it’s a little more high maintenance during the baking phase. But not TOO high maintenance. Don’t worry 😉
Similar to my banana bread granola and pumpkin spice granola, you simply have to stir the granola a few times during the baking process, so a film doesn’t form on the bottom of the granola and every cluster gets evenly toasted and crisp. Totally worth the extra time and attention. I’m sure you agree.
I don’t know about you, but I say bring on the cooler weather, big comfy sweaters, frothy lattes, and all the apple pie granola we can handle.
- 2 cups gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ⅔ cup apple butter
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup honey
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, pecans, almonds, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.
- In a separate small bowl, combine apple butter, melted coconut oil, and honey.
- Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Spread out granola mixture on the parchment-lined baking sheet evenly.
- Bake for a total of 45 minutes, until granola is golden brown, stopping to stir at 15 minute intervals - 15 minutes and 30 minutes.
- Remove granola from the oven, but DO NOT STIR. Once cool, break the granola up and store in an airtight container.