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slow-baked apple pie granola by food to glowIf you were to peruse my recipe index you would be forgiven for thinking that I am obsessed with breakfast, and granola. The former is true, but the latter, to be honest, is not.

My granola-making efforts are largely for my daughter who, eating grilled kimcheese as happily as waffles or pancakes, is much more egalitarian in her breakfast food choices than me. I favour savoury breakfasts and will rarely eat granola except if feeling “hormonal” and in need of something sweet to nibble on. This is currently top of my list. I am loving the crunch of the grains and nuts and the slightly soft and chewy tang of fresh garden apple. Not quite a bar of chocolate or tray of cookies but it will do for most of the time.

I wish I could say I was inspired to make this granola after being hit on the head by a falling apple, a la Newton. My inspiration was much more pedestrian. I was merely collecting the wind-fall apples littering my garden and thought, “a ha, granola.” I guess that was a eureka moment of sorts because I acted on it immediately, racing into the kitchen and corralling the simple ingredients onto the worktop. My other “a ha” moment was remembering the pots and sachets of organic 100% fruit puree I had recently been sent from Clearspring. I had a hunch that I could use them instead of added sugar in the granola. My hunch proved correct. DSC_0109

However, my idea of sweet is probably divergent to the vast majority of humankind. Dark chocolate is plenty sweet for me. Yes, I am a bit of a weirdo. So, that being acknowledged, do feel free to add extra sweetness, shown as options in the recipe. You will still get a compelling tang from the fresh apple in amongst the usual and expected sweet. Rachel being a normal person, and not like her Mum, wanted the granola a bit sweeter so I added a touch of sucanat and sorghum molasses, the latter smuggled in from my last trip home to Florida. Dark treacle will do.

Have you had any recent “eureka” moments in the kitchen, or garden? 

slow-baked apple pie granola by food to glow

Slow-Baked Apple Pie Granola

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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The slow-bake is key to this Apple Pie Granola. Because of the moisture content of both the fresh apple and the fruit puree, the granola needs the ‘tlc’ of a lower temperature and a longer bake. Once pulled from the oven you will be rewarded with an intensely fruity cereal that’s perfect for eating straight off the tray, topped with milk, stirred into yogurt, or even as a topping for a no-bake crumble with stewed fruit.

I have included optional added sugar in case the fruit and/or fruit puree isn’t sweet enough for those who may be eating the granola. Or, you could leave it out and let others add sweetener to taste.

1 tbsp + 1 tsp neutral oil or coconut oil – divided use

1 small apple or pear, cored and small dice

100g apple or pear puree OR smooth unsweetened applesauce {I used Clearspring Organic Fruit Puree}

2 tbsp raw sugar – optional

1 tbsp sorghum molasses, date syrup, dark treacle or honey – optional

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground clove or nutmeg

50g nuts and seeds

100g barley or rye flakes {or oats}

100g whole oats


1. Preheat the oven to 140C; line a baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Toss the apple pieces with the 1/2 tsp of oil.

3. Heat the sugar, and syrup {if using}, fruit puree and remaining oil in a medium-sized saucepan until liquid. Sprinkle in the spices and fold in the grains and nuts/seeds. Mix well.

4. Tumble onto the lined baking tray and top with the diced apple or pear.

5. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every fifteen minutes. Cool on the tray and decant into a storage container. Use within seven days.

Note: Because of the inherent moisture content of this way of baking granola, I don’t recommend making a bigger batch as it will go soft. But if you chose to do this in a dehydrator then go ahead and make as big a batch as you like!

Disclosure: I was given some products to try by Clearspring, but was neither paid nor expected to write about them. I only feature products I actually use and love on food to glow. Always.


30 thoughts on “Slow-Baked Apple Pie Granola

  1. jeremtb says:

    Falling apple = Newton. Great pics 🙂 (soothing warm colors, I guess it’s the “food to glow”)

    1. Of course! And I even knew that but fingers typed otherwise!!

  2. Mike says:

    Wow, a terrific idea and recipe especially this time of year. Thanks!

  3. This is an essential fall breakfast! Great idea to use fresh apples rather than dried, I must try that. I love using applesauce to sub for some of the sweetener and oil in granola, but I must admit I still use more coconut oil that I should because it’s so good.

    1. I am stingy with the oil because of the nuts and seeds, but there is nothing wrong with a bit more coconut oil if you like it!

  4. Yum! I’ve been craving apple pie anything, and this looks delicious! And healthy. Best of both worlds!

    1. BY all means ramp up the spicing to give more of an apple pie hit. This is quite subtle 😉

  5. marycheshier says:

    This looks very yummy!

  6. I love granola but haven’t made it for a while – you’ve inspired me though – yours looks worth it! Thank you! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much. I’m pleased to think you might be inspired to make a batch of granola.

  7. Wonderful images Kellie…..the apples are positively glowing 🙂
    I’ve never made granola, but this looks tempting, and I have bag culls of windfalls after the high winds at the start of the week. Some went into an apple and raspberry crumble.

    1. Apple and raspberry crumble. Now that sounds fantastic. Now you’ve got me in the mood for crumbles!

  8. Zoale LLC says:

    Looks good! Nice way to use apples!

  9. Lori says:

    Sounds yummy!

  10. lizzygoodthings says:

    What a delicious way to start the day! Love it!

  11. Your apples are so irresistible! What a scrumptious recipe to use the bounty of the season. I never tire of the warming spices of fall- cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. A fabulous recipe!

    1. Thanks so much, Deb. I imagine that fall hasn’t quite arrived in your part of the world and you are still enjoying summery salads!

  12. amygashman says:

    All this autumnal food is just making me hungry all day every day! Cannot wait to try this!

  13. ChefPath says:

    A healthy breakfast meal, yum!

  14. platedujour says:

    This is a perfect breakfast recipe. I love sweet beginning of the day I have to say, and only some scramble eggs could make me change my mind. I love cooked apples with porridge or rice, but your recipe is so much more interesting in terms of flavor and so healthy too. I will try it for sure cause I’m looking for some more inspiration:-)

  15. rovinglights says:

    I’ve just started making my own granola, but never tried with apple purée because of the water content. This is fantastic! I’ll definitely be trying it

  16. Oh my goodness! A couple of my roommates baked something similar…we made apple pie crumble from leftover apple pie filling and used lots of granola!

  17. Sally says:

    Granola is usually too sweet for me but I like the idea of fresh fruit in it.

  18. stateeats says:

    So gonna try this one! Just curious, what is treacle for us Yanks? – Kat

    1. Hi! Dark molasses or sorghum is the equivalent but sweeten how you like. Thanks for commenting!

  19. Roxanne T. says:

    YUMMM !!! 😀 looks so good!

  20. Nice Kellie! I often make my granola in a similar way, either with apple juice, apple sauce, or mashed banana for sweetness. Once you get used to things less sweet you wonder why all that sugar was there in the first place! I could go either way when it comes to breakfast, but my preferred granola time is as an evening snack. And with one so healthy, why not?

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