Chocolate Granola Pie
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.
Chocolate Granola Pie
Vegan, Wheat Free
4-8, depending on serving size
Large non-stick skillet (15-19”)
Active-20 minutes Inactive-5 minutes
- 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
Above. Top left: cooking granola, top right: covering with batter,
bottom left: smoothing out batter, bottom right: after broiling
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… 🙂 🙂
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