This recipe for granola features homemade dehydrated apples, it’s the saving grace concept for apples on their way out, has minimal ingredients, minimal added sugar, features crispy pecans, quinoa for an added protein boost, can easily be made in bulk, given as a holiday gift, perf for fall, and is my new favorite granola!!

Apple Pie Granola with Toasted Pecans and Quinoa [Vegan]

Cooking Time




For the Apples:

  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

For the Granola:

  • 3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa


For the Dehydrated Apples:

  1. Preheat the oven to 225°F degrees. Peel and slice apples, and chop.
  2. You can slice the apples more into chips if desired by using a  mandolin. Combine the apples with the coconut oil, cinnamon, and coconut sugar and throw on pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 225 degrees for one hour, then flip the slices and bake an additional hour to 1 1/2 hours.

To make the Granola:

  1. Preheat oven 300°F degrees.
  2. Combine the oats, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, maple syrup, quinoa, and melted coconut oil. Mix well to coat evenly.
  3. Pour mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spreading evenly.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the granola at the 15 minute mark.
  5. Once granola is cooled, add the diced apple chips