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Chocolate Granola Pie

July 11, 2010

When did granola earn the reputation as a health food? Often it’s made with cups of oil and corn syrup, sugar and sweetened dried fruit. While that’s delicious and adds to the luscious clusters and creates a crunch ever so satisfying, it’s not a health food. So let’s get that out in the open.

But. It can be a part of a healthy breakfast. As in the crust to a pie.

This “pie” takes pancakes, granola, and oatmeal cookies and wraps them into one delicious breakfast or dessert.

And, it’s vegan. No wheat either! You can easily modify this recipe to become gluten free, too.

So here’s the deal with this pie. The bottom is crunch and nutty, the “topping” is gooey and chocolaty. It’s like apple crisp with chocolate.

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Chocolate Granola Pie

Vegan, Wheat Free

Serves:

4-8, depending on serving size

Special equipment:

Large non-stick skillet (15-19”)

Prep time:

Active-20 minutes   Inactive-5 minutes

 

Ingredients:

ripe banananasalmondmilkcupapple saucechia seedswhole grain spelt flourdark chocolate chipsalmondsrolled oatshoney2       coconut oil  

 

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1.25 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp honey or brown rice syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark (vegan) chocolate chips

In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe banana and add the milk, water, chia seeds and apple sauce. Set a timer for 10 minutes and set aside.

In the nonstick skillet start toasting the slivered almonds over medium heat. Once golden brown (about 5-6 minutes) you can remove and grind into a meal, chop further, or leave in chunks.

Add the rolled oats and stir until the oats begin smelling nutty, about 1 minute. Add the honey 1 tbsp at a time and stir together with wooden spoon. Once all the honey is incorporated, stir in the salt and coconut oil.

Continue cooking the granola until it’s a rich golden color, about one or two more minutes.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the spelt, baking powder and chocolate chips [reserve a few for garnish].  Incorporate into the chia banana mixture. If too thick add a few more tablespoons of water. It should be at about pancake batter consistency.

Take the pan off of the heat and with the back of the wooden spoon press the granola into a flat layer on the bottom. Pour on the spelt-chia-banana batter and smooth with the back of the spoon to cover the granola. You can leave about 1/2 inch of “crust” on the sides for looks.

Broil the pan on low for about 5 minutes until the top turns golden.

Let cool and serve like a pie. Your kids  (or you) will love it!

Tip: Leftovers are great cold!

Tip: Substitute gluten free oats and brown rice flour for the rolled oats and spelt flour. Add another 1/4 tsp of chia seeds… Voila, gluten free  vegan chocolate granola pie

 

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Above. Top left: cooking granola, top right: covering with batter,

bottom left: smoothing out batter, bottom right: after broiling

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Yesss….

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Thank you all for your input on my last post. I got some great advice and I think I will be a’sailing in the fall… 🙂 🙂

Have a good day? Night? Whenever you read this, make it a good one. haha 😀

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2010 1:06 pm

    Nummy nummy!! And on your previous post, I would most definitely do sailing! I feel like you can do yoga on your own, but sailing…now that is a little more involved 🙂

    Good luck!

    ~Alyssa

  2. EmbraceYourSkin permalink
    July 11, 2010 1:16 pm

    Mmmm, gorgeous! I will definitely be making this baby!

  3. July 11, 2010 8:25 pm

    Mae- this sounds delicious!

    Did you get the blogger potluck invite from Heather at Then Heather Said? Are you coming next weekend!? I hope so–I want to hang out with you again! And eat some of your delicious food!

    • July 12, 2010 3:07 am

      I did! I think I’m going. 🙂 So excited!

  4. July 12, 2010 7:47 am

    I just found this recipe (and your blog), and it’s just what I’ve been looking for! I’ve been dying for a cobbler/pie-ey breakfast that I can do up with fruit and chocolate, and this definitely fits the bill! I just used up the last of my almonds, but I can’t wait to pick some up next time I grocery shop and make this baby up!

  5. July 12, 2010 8:48 am

    Girl this looks so so good! 🙂

  6. July 13, 2010 5:16 am

    I love how you have the pictures of each of the ingredients!

  7. Katie permalink
    July 13, 2010 11:33 pm

    I loved this! I made it last night for dessert and ate it warm, then enjoyed it cold for a mid-morning snack. Perfect for both. Such a great idea!

  8. james5555 permalink
    July 21, 2010 12:50 am

    Your dessert looks really good. I am glad I found your site! There are even desserts for raw vegans – raw food desserts discussed here. I have experienced a great improvement in my health by eating vegan, lost weight, gained stamina etc. and am very greatful that there is so much good information at my fingertips to consider this wonderful journey. Keep up the great work!

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