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Apple pie granola (gluten-free, vegan)

A sweet and buttery granola made with apple puree, maple syrup and warming cinnamon, all rolled together with soft baked dates and dried apple chunks. This recipe uses gluten-free oats and coconut oil to make a delicious, completely free-from breakfast granola.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, oats, vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes
Servings 8 bowls
Calories 410kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • Small saucepan
  • Baking tray


  • 3 cups (285g) gluten-free rolled jumbo oats
  • 1 large apple
  • ¼ cup (50g) soft brown sugar
  • ½ cup (75g) coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 70 g (0.3oz) dates, softened if needed
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ bag dried apple rings/chunks


  • Preheat the oven to 170°C or 350°F
  • Chop the apple into rough chunks and tip them into a small saucepan. Add the sugar and a splash of water to cover the bottom of the pan and cook on a medium-high heat for 6-8 mins until the apples are soft. Then add the cinnamon and pulse with an electric hand blender until it forms a smooth puree
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, mixed spice, apple puree, dates and maple syrup. Heat the coconut oil in a microwaveable bowl on a low heat for about 1 minute until melted, then add to the mixing bowl. Stir it all together until the oats are evenly coated
  • Cut a rectangle of greaseproof paper to the size of a large baking tray, then tip the granola mix on top and press down with the back of a spoon to form a thin, even layer (roughly 1cm thick - the thinner the better to allow the granola to dry out properly in the oven). Try to make sure the tops of the dates are covered with some of the oats, to prevent them burning in the oven
  • Place the tray in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove the granola once it has turned golden brown and the edges are starting to crisp up. (Keep a careful watch on it towards the end of the baking time, as granola spread very thinly may cook quicker, or vice versus if spread thicker)
  • Leave to cool for 20 minutes - don't stir the granola before this time. Then, use a knife or clean hands to break it up into smaller chunks, and mix together with the dried apple pieces
  • Serve with fresh fruit and alt-milk. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks