Last updated on February 16th, 2019
Sugar Free Granola Recipe – Apple Pie Style
I love granola. It’s one of those “perfect foods” to me. Filled with healthy, filling ingredients and completely customizable, homemade granola is hard to beat (check out these chocolate chip granola bars one if you don’t believe me. And since it’s apple season, it only makes sense to whip up this homemade, soft, chewy, sugar free granola recipe that makes your house smell like apple pie!
As a kid, I always had granola in the house. Not only was it quick to grab out the door but it made an easy after school snack with some milk or on top of yogurt. Unfortunately, my granola back then was sugar filled and a lot less healthy than I’d like now! But it did start my love of granola and thus it only made sense that there’s always some in the house!
This apple pie granola is not only tasty but smells amazing. It’s bursting with healthy fats which not only make it taste great but help keep you full too. Instead of a crunchy texture like my almond granola this one is soft and chewy.
This recipe also uses cashew butter- one of my favorites! Cashews may not have a lot of fiber but they do contain a ton of nutrients like vitamins E, K and B6. They’re super rich which means you don’t need a lot of them to get an awesome flavor.
The best part though is that this is a sugar free granola recipe. This makes it amazing for little kids. Thanks to the fresh apples and sauce it contains no processed sugars which makes it utterly healthy and perfect as a snack or quick breakfast.
This recipe uses only real foods to keep it delicious, hearty and healthy. Thanks to all of the fats and plant based proteins this sugar free granola recipe helps keep kids fueled and doesn’t come with a crazy sugar crash like many store bought options!
To be honest, I’m the person that sneaks into the fridge and leaves with handfuls of granola – I just can’t stop munching! ? But this apple pie granola also tastes amazing on top yogurt, a green smoothie bowl or just warm in a bowl with almond milk.
And lastly, if you need one last reason to make this granola it’s because it smells amazing. Seriously, leave the fresh vanilla bean on the tray while it cooks and your house will be perfect for company!
Ingredients In The Apple Pie Granola
- 3/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup Walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1 1/4 cup large toasted coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1 cup gluten free regular oats
- 1/2 cup rice puffins or more oats
- 2 tablespoons bee pollen
- 5 tablespoons Cinnamon
- 3tbs coconut oil (measured solid)
- 1/3 cup cashew butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 inch vanilla bean
- 1 apple (3/4 cup) peeled and grated
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How To Make The Sugar Free Granola Recipe
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Combine the almonds and walnuts in a food processor and process until chunky (leave pieces for texture!)
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients up to and including the cinnamon.
Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and combine with the cashew butter, vanilla and applesauce. Whisk until smooth.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir briefly.
Add in the shredded apple and mix until everything looks a bit wet.
On a large tray, spread out the granola into a thin layer and press down with a silicone spatula. You want to press down firmly to try and keep the granola somewhat stuck together versus spread out.
Bake for 12 minutes then stir the granola, pressing it down again.
Bake another fourteen minutes until granola is starting to brown (it won’t look quite done yet)
Remove from oven and let sit for one hour to firm up before moving.
Makes roughly 3 cups.
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Healthy & Homemade Apple Pie Granola
Fall is one of my favorite seasons for anything apple flavored (though to be honest, I make apple pie granola year round- why limit it to just one season?!) and this recipe is no exception. This homemade, sugar free granola recipe is hearty and healthy. Because it’s real food based, it’s the perfect snack to whip up! Apple pie granola makes for an easy breakfast, snack or topper for busy moms and kids.