Sunday, August 24, 2008

Granola-Apple Pie

"You cannot sell a blemished apple in the supermarket, but you can sell a tasteless one provided it is shiny, smooth, even, uniform and bright."
Elspeth Huxley

Which is why I wait in quiet anticipation for the first locally-grown apples to appear at the farmers markets and grocers. The Riggins of Willoughby Hills Apple Farm are back at the Coit Road Farmers Market and in celebration I baked a Granola-Apple Pie!

Granola-Apple Pie


1 cup pecans, chopped
1 1/3 cup whole rolled oats
1 1/3 cup wheat germ
1 cup grated coconut
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
6 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 Tbsp. butter, softened
6 Tbsp. cold water

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add butter and water, stir gently. Divide in half, set one half aside. Press the other half into a buttered pie dish.


6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Combine sugar, cornstarch and spices and toss with apple slices.

Place apples into pie crust and crumble the other half of granola over top.

Bake in a 375 degree oven 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and apples are tender.


Lucy said...

Well you told me that you had experiment brewing and I could not wait to find out what it was that you did....

This sounds fantastic!!! Now seeing it, I could understand why all you have left is "1" slice left!!!


Soon it will be apple picking season here, can you guess what I'll be making??? ;-)

Lisa said...

This makes me want to go pick my own apples but they are not ready for another few weeks.

Jenny said...

Wow, that is one of the prettiest Apple Pies I've seen. Very nice, looks mouthwatering!

MrBrownThumb said...

That looks so tasty. I'm not sure I'm ready for "apple season" yet. I didn't even get a chance to enjoy summer.

Beth said...

Loving the granola topping. Im not that keen on a lot of pastry so will have to give this one a go!! You can't beat apple pie!!

Theresa said...

Yum-O! I'm so looking forward to the apple season. I can't wait to make another pie. How did your crust come out? Would like to try the healthier version.

OhioMom said...

Thanks everyone ... :)

The crust was crisp but not hard, the best part (for me) was that unlike most crusts, this one did not get soggy (lol, yeah I do have a thing about soggy food).

PGL said...

What a fantastic looking apple pie. I love the granole in the crust. That is a dessert that my boys would devour! :)

OhioMom said...

Hi sweetie

Yes, the boys would love this ... I woke up this morning to an empty pie plate in the sink. The "boys" here devoured this pie :)

Darius T. Williams said...

I'm eating my homemade granola right now w/some yogurt and I'm craving this - especially after seeing the picture!


Balisha said...

Oh, Lord...what a pie!!!
I would have it for breakfast with a slice of cheese please. Maybe warmed a little. Oh, and don't forget a cup of steaming hot coffee.

OhioMom said...


I have been making the granola from Kevin's blog "Closet Cooking" in an attempt to eat a healthier snack. This crust is soooo good :)


That would have been nice with my morning coffee, but my guys beat me to it :)

Grace said...

i spy coconut! what an amazing idea, topping apple pie with coconut. the coconut-lover in me is deeply ashamed that i never before thought to do that. understatement of the day: this is an amazing-looking pie. :)

Tasty Trends said...

i LOVE apple pie! i am so excited for apple season! this looks like a yummy recipe!

i really need to check out Coit Road Farmers Market! I have never been there!

OhioMom said...

Thanks Grace! I am just glad that I cut a piece before the guys discovered the taste :)


Thank you, this is the best time to check out the market, the produce is plentiful right now. I am there most Saturdays, my daughter is a vendor (The Chocolate Garden) and you couldn't ask for a better group of people dedicated to the local food movement. I really hope you will come by.

Just the Right Size said...

You're killing me over here! I want a piece of that pie right now!


That is quite possibly the best looking pie I've ever seen!

(copying and pasting)

Priscilla said...

that looks great! apple pie has always been my favorite over pumpkin...yummo!

OhioMom said...

Thanks Kathy, I should have hidden a piece for myself ... who knew 2 men could demolish a pie so quickly ?

Priscilla, thank you, I have some blueberries in the freezer right now ... when it gets hold and I am craving summer I will be making your blueberry muffins :)

shambo said...

The pie looks scrumptious! The granola crust is a great idea! Yup, apples are starting to appear at our local farmer's markets too.

Priscilla said...

great...i know you will like those blueberry muffins, my brother wants them - and he rarely asks for "any" specific kind of dessert!

maybelle's mom said...

WOW, that is a great pie. bravo.

OhioMom said...


Thanks, I love this time of the year at the farmers market .. there is just so much to choose from.


Count on me making these muffins :)

Maybelle's Mom

Thank you :)

Kevin said...

That looks so good. I really like the use of the coconut.

OhioMom said...


I will share a secret with you ... if you promise not to tell :)

My guys don't like nuts or coconut in baked goods, but they ate all but the one piece I managed to snatch of this pie. LOL ! Guess they didn't notice huh ?

lifeinrecipes said...

Nice looking pie - bet it tastes great.

I just picked up some tart/sweet Paula Red's last Sunday - one of my perennial faves.

Laura said...

That looks SO GOOD. But I must confess I dislike coconut--any suggestions on what to sub?

OhioMom said...


Thanks ... we are getting read to enter a season of new fruits and veggies, and new delightful dishes :)


Thank you. Just leave out the coconut, and increase the oats and nuts, but I think it would work by just leaving it out.

bee said...

granola apple pie? are you serious? no crust? i am soooooo making this after i return from my trip. thank you.

OhioMom said...

LOL Bee, I actually thought about you when I was eating this, like me I know you have a problem with "soggy" :)

My Humble Hideout said...

Hi Ohiomom,
Your granola apple pie looks delicious. I'm not so good at making pies...but I think I will try your recipe...its so tempting...thanks for sharing.


Kuala Lumpur

Carla said...

The local apple farm has a big celebration in October, so I have to start collecting apple recipes soon. I'll add this and see if I really do make it LOL

OhioMom said...

Humble Hideout

I am not good at making pie crusts either, crumbled toppings and rustic work for me :)


Hi ... let me know if you try it :)

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Takes the cake, ooops, I mean pie!! What a great & healthy way to use apples; love the crust!!

OhioMom said...

Thanks PB :)

Dhanggit said...

oh these are mouth watering!!!

kellypea said...

Oh jeez -- the reaction this got from me? I love apples and have dying to make something with them, but still can't pass up the peaches and berries we have so many of still. But apples and fall....*sigh* This looks so very, very tasty!

OhioMom said...

Thank you Dhanggit :)


These are "early" maxins, they are only available for a couple of weeks. I bought some more yesterday.
Thanks for stopping by...

The Purple Foodie said...

Looks great. I'm going to put that on my to-do. :)

Lori Lynn said...

I love the crumble topping! I worked in a restaurant kitchen in Aspen years ago, and we made something went great with the cold days and the fresh powder. Thanks for sparking the memory.

OhioMom said...

Thanks Coco :)

Lori Lynn, I love granola and as a pie crust it is really good. Food does have a habit of sparking memories doesn't it ?