Apple-Spice Grain-Free Granola

6 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

3/4 cup chopped dried apples

1/2 cup chopped dates

1 cup raisins

2 cups plantain chips, or banana chips, broken into pieces (measure before crushing)

2 cups unsweetened organic applesauce

6 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 pinches sea salt


Using your biggest mixing bowl, start off with the coconut…

IMG_0867Snip the dried apples with scissors, and try to un-stick all the little pieces from the clumps they like to form.


Measure out the dates, as you chop them, too.


Add all the dried fruits (raisins, too) to the coconut, and mix with your hands. The coconut keeps the tacky dried fruit from congregating together. Brilliant!


I like using salty plantain chips for this recipe, but sweet, mellow banana chips work just as well.


Get your stalwart applesauce ready in a pitcher.


Swirl in the melted coconut oil.


Pour this over the fruit blend. Looks real attractive, doesn’t it?


Thrive Market’s cinnamon is sooooo aromatic and wonderful.


Put the cinnamon over the top of it all, and prepare to stir. I hope your work station looks like this!


Mix it all up with your hands. It looks go’geous.


Use your hands to spread this evenly on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Make sure it is sitting in an even layer on the sheet, for even baking.

Now bake at a looooow temperature (225°F) for 3-5 hours, until golden brown, crunchy, and dehydrated. Let cool in the oven with the oven door cracked (I use the handle of a wooden spoon to prop it open).

Now, enjoy!




I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or health professional of any kind. This blog and this blog post is not meant to diagnose, treat, or recommend treatment for medical conditions of any kind. Please ask a doctor or a professional before making lifestyle or diet changes.

Copyright 2016 by Celeste Lightsey


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