Apple Pie Granola (Grain/Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegan, SCD-Legal)

Apple Pie Granola (Grain/Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegan, SCD Legal) | This is so good...So it’s fall and pumpkin gets all the attention.  But let’s not forget Fall’s other delicious harvest – apples!!

It’s full-fledged apple picking season in Michigan and the crop is bountiful this year!  A couple of weekends ago we made a trip out to our favorite orchard and stocked up on apples.  We love this location because they use natural pest control and do not spray their fruits.  They actually encourage you to eat the apples right off the tree, which makes my hubby very happy!

Apple Pie Granola (Grain/Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegan, SCD Legal) | This is so good...I love picking a big bunch of apples for snacking, as well as for stocking up my pantry for apple treats throughout the winter. I’ve been canning applesauce and apple butter for years and often give some as gifts for Christmas.  This year I decided to play around with my dehydrator and come up with some tasty ways to incorporate apples into some other yummy treats.

This grain-free granola is great to have on hand for a quick snack, a satisfying breakfast with some homemade almond milk or coconut milk, or a little treat after dinner.  I highly recommend mixing up the apples that you use – I love to use 2-3 tart Granny Smith apples and 2-3 sweeter apples, like Galas or Fujis.  I also suggest that you don’t skip out on the Cardamom.  To me, it’s what makes Apple Pie Spice different than Pumpkin Pie Spice.  Cardamom has a slightly peppery and gingery taste and a beautiful fragrant smell – perfect with the nuts and apples in this granola.

One more note before we get to the recipe.  I always soak and sprout my nuts before consumption.  Please see this post for more info.  To make this granola, you need to plan ahead just a little bit.  I usually place the nuts in the water with the sea salt in the morning and then finish making the granola in the evening.  By the next morning, your house will smell amazing and breakfast is ready to eat!!

Apple Pie Granola (Grain/Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegan, SCD-Legal)


  • 6 cups of a mix of raw nuts, chopped (I like to use 2 cups of slivered almonds, 2 cups of pecan pieces, and 2 cups of walnuts pieces. Trader Joe's sells each of these raw and already chopped.)
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Filtered water
  • 6 small or 4 large apples, peeled and diced (I like to use a mixture of tart apples such as Granny Smith and sweet apples like Galas or Fujis.)
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds or 1/2 cup of chia seed meal (If you are using chia seeds, you will need to grind them up in a spice grinder before using.)
  • 2 cups of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (here or here)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom (here or here)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves


  1. Place the nuts in a large bowl and add 1 Tablespoon of the sea salt. Add enough filtered water to cover the nuts by an inch or two and stir to dissolve the salt. Cover and place in a corner of the kitchen for 8-12 hours.
  2. After soaking the nuts, pour them into a large strainer and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear.
  3. Add the nuts and the rest of the ingredients (1/2 teaspoon sea salt, apples, coconut, almond flour, chia meal, applesauce, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, and cloves) to a large mixing bowl.
  4. With a large spoon or rubber scraper, thoroughly mix the granola.
  5. Spread the granola out onto the trays of your dehydrator and set the temperature to 105 degrees. Dehydrate for 12-16 hours or until it is completely dried and crunchy.
  6. I've never made this in the oven, but you could certainly try this. I would recommend spreading the granola out on parchment lined cookie sheets and placing in the oven at it's lowest setting. Check for doneness every few hours.


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  1. I have a box of apples I need to use! Perfect!

  2. This looks and sounds really delicious! I love grain free alternatives like this!

  3. Oh good! I was on the lookout for a new granola recipe! (Granola is a favorite here… but the same old recipe gets old after a while.) This sounds so yummy!

  4. Wow, this looks so good!

  5. I thought granola was permanently off my list because of the oats, but this revives my faith! Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. Yes! Love this! I think my next batch of granola will be apple!

  7. Charlotte Leonard

    I get so discouraged because so many recipes require almond flour. I’m allergic to almond flour, any ideas, anyone, would coconut flour or yucca flour work. I seem to handle both of them well, and rice flour too. I do experiment from time to time and the majority of times the recipe calling for almond flour doesn’t work well with the flours I tolerate.

    • I know what it is like to get excited about a recipe only to find out that there are ingredients you cannot eat in there! It’s such a bummer 🙁 For this recipe, I use the almond flour as a binder, so fortunately you have lots of other options to replace it!! I would suggest either trying about a 1/4 cup coconut flour, or another 2 tablespoons chia or flax ground in a spice grinder, or pick another nut that you do tolerate well and grind them up in a food processor to make you own flour. I’m not to familiar with rice flour and have never used yucca flour, but those might be worth a try too! The good thing about granolas is that you can pretty easily swap ingredients and get similar results! Please stop back and let me know what you try!

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