Apple Pecan Quinoa Granola
Kick off the fall season with a batch of this healthy Apple Pecan Quinoa Granola! It’s perfect for a quick and easy breakfast!
This apple pie flavored granola is a nutritious breakfast or snack filled with oats, nuts and yummy fall spices. It then gets toasted up to perfection and filled with apple chips for a granola that tastes just like apple pie!
WANT TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME SMELL LIKE FALL? THIS APPLE PECAN QUINOA GRANOLA WILL DO THE TRICK!
Seriously, though. You know the age-old put an apple pie in the oven when friends are coming over trick? This recipe is doing the same thing! And an even bigger win, it’s gluten-free, vegan and healthy. I’ll definitely be making this every time we have guests this fall season!
And if there’s one ingredient that makes me think of September and the start of fall, it’s definitely apples. Not to mention September is the time of year for apple picking! There’s just something so satisfying about heading out to a farm and being able to pick your own apples to enjoy. Plus I always like to sneak an apple or two to eat and keep me energized while I’m picking. Gotta taste the fruits of my labor after all! (Pssst, this would be a great time to check out my recipe for Apple Pie Overnight Oats!)
But for this granola recipe you don’t actually need any fresh apples. That’s right. This granola is made with Bare Apple Chips rather than fresh apples.
Also let’s not get confused and think that these chips mean we’re talking apples and deep frying them. No no no. These chips are made by baking thin apple slices. We’re talking no added sugar, no fat, no preservatives and no gluten. JUST APPLES. Which makes them a delicious and healthy snack choice on their own, or made into scrumptious apple flavored granola!
This post isn’t sponsored by Bare, I just really love their products and I love sharing my favorites with you guys. I find Bare products at Kroger or Target, but I’m sure you can find them at your local grocery store too. Also, feel free to use any other brand of apple chips you might come across. I would just suggest making sure that the only ingredients are apples and possibly some spices.
If you’re a lover of apple pie, this granola is for you! My favorite way to enjoy it, is served up on top of some yogurt. Have you tried the apple caramel flavored yogurt from Trader Joe’s? Such an awesome combo with this granola! It’s like having apple pie with a scoop of ice cream!
TIPS TO MAKE THIS APPLE PECAN QUINOA GRANOLA? IT’S SO EASY!
- If you’re gluten-free, obviously get gluten-free oats.
- You will need to watch the granola closely at the end of baking. It can brown pretty quickly. So, don’t leave the kitchen. Ha! (See my notes within the recipe card for more info.)
- The base for this granola uses large flaked oats. I 100% recommend using large flaked oats/whole oats rather than quick oats for making granola. This is what gives the granola that rich and chewy texture.
- You can add in any type of nuts you love to this recipe. I like pecans and/or walnuts because they go SO well with that apple flavor, but if you like almonds or pumpkin seeds those would work well too!
- Make sure that you add the apple chips AFTER the granola comes out of the oven. (As well as any other dried fruit you may want to add) This is super important otherwise the dried fruit/chips will burn.
- This granola can be stored in a jar or zip baggie in your pantry for weeks at a time and goes great paired with yogurts, on top of smoothie bowls or even on its own! Granola does stay fresher a lot longer in the freezer, though. It doesn’t require any defrosting, but you might let it rest for a few minutes before eating because sometimes the dried fruit freezes rock-hard.
THIS APPLE PECAN QUINOA GRANOLA IS:
- A healthy snack for adults & kids
- Vegan and gluten-free (*just make sure to use gluten-free certified oats)
- Free of refined-sugars
- Tastes just like apple pie, YUM!
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats*
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup**
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries or craisins
- 3/4 cup dried apple chips
Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats, foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss the oats, quinoa, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt together until combined. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vanilla, applesauce, and maple syrup. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir until everything is moistened. Spread onto two baking sheets and bake for 45 minutes, making sure to stir the granola every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning. Allow granola to cool for 20 minutes on the baking sheets. This will help it get crunchier. Pour into a large bowl and add the dried cranberries and dried apple chips.
- Cover tightly and store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
*Make sure your oats are certified gluten free if you have an intolerance.
**You may use honey, agave, or light corn syrup as the liquid sweetener. Keep in mind that using honey means your granola is no longer vegan. I used a low sugar maple syrup.
***Sometimes I’ll turn the temperature down to 300F degrees during baking if I feel like it’s baking a little too fast for my liking. We only have temperature increments of 25 degrees, so I don’t have the option for a 315F degree setting or anything. It works fine for me to just sort of eyeball it, but if I were to pick a really specific number, I’d choose something between 325 and 300 degrees.