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!
APPLE PECAN QUINOA GRANOLA
I love having homemade granola on hand for quick snacks. It’s so easy to make your own and always tastes much better than store bought granola. This easy apple flavored granola is a new favorite. Now, I will warn you, this granola is addicting. So just try not to eat the whole pan!
If you don’t eat the whole pan, of course, this granola is actually super healthy! It’s also gluten free and vegan!
Apples and apple recipes always get me excited for fall! Especially, this granola with warm spices and wholesome, hearty ingredients.
I love fresh apples, but I have a new obsession – apple chips. I can’t get enough and this granola is made with Bare Apple Chips. So good!
Bare Apple Chips are super healthy too. They don’t have added sugar, fat, preservatives or 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 love apples as much as I do, I highly suggest you try this granola! 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? Another obsession and such an awesome combo with this granola!
TIPS FOR HOMEMADE GRANOLA:
- Check on the granola frequently and watch closely toward the end of baking. It can become overdone very quickly.
- There are several types of oats and for this recipe, I recommend using whole rolled oats. They work much better than quick oats for granola. I like Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats and Trader Joe’s rolled oats.
- Get creative and try different nuts (or seeds) in this recipe. I think pecans and/or walnuts work well with the apple, but almonds would be great too.
- Dried fruit and the apple chips should be added after the granola has cooked because they burn super easy.
I like to store this granola in glass jars or an airtight container and store in my pantry. It will stay good for up to one month. However, I don’t think our granola ever lasts that long. It’s so good, we can never stop eating it once we start. In fact, you might want to just go ahead and make a double batch! I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats*
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup uncooked white quinoa
- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or craisins
- 1/2 cup dried apple chips
- Preheat oven to 340 degrees F.
- Combine oats, flax, quinoa, nuts, spices, and salt to a large mixing bowl.
- Stir together oil, applesauce, and maple syrup in a medium mixing bowl. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir well.
- Arrange mixture on a large baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes. Then remove from oven and toss the granola around on the sheet pan. Bake 5-10 minutes more. Watch carefully as to not burn. When the granola is done it should have a golden brown color.
- Let granola cool completely and then transfer to a large bowl and add the dried cranberries and dried apple chips. Store leftovers in a sealed bag or container at room temperature for 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 month.