In the summer I like to eat my granola with yogurt and berries. That doesn't work as well in the cooler months when the few berries that are available don't look so hot. I fell totally in love with my ginger snap granola recipe from earlier this week, but needed a new way to serve it for fall. That's how this recipe was born. Apples are the perfect fruit to dine on in the cooler autumn months.
I initially intended to make a three part post of this meal, giving you first the granola recipe, followed by my very own home made vegan yogurt, and then pull everything together with the baked apple recipe. Sadly, after three, yes that's three attempts at creating my own vegan yogurt, I was unable to come up with anything to my satisfaction. I used cashew milk and a non-dairy yogurt starter each time. My troubles seemed to come during my attempts at thickening. While the yogurt did thicken up a bit during culturing, it wasn't quite thick enough for stacking on top of the apples in this particular recipe. I tried thickening the yogurt with (1) cornstarch, (2) chia seeds, and finally (3) xanthan gum. None of these attempts turned out terrible, but they weren't great either, in terms of texture.
I have some starter left, so I'll probably keep at it and hopefully turn up something successful, but in the meantime, I'm going to recommend you go with your favorite commercial non-dairy yogurt. I was pleased to find, after my three failures, that So Delicious makes a Greek-style coconut milk yogurt, which I particularly like for this recipe because it's nice and thick. The French Vanilla flavor works well with this dish.
Baked Apple Ginger Snap Granola Stacks
For each serving:
1/2 large, tart apple (I like honeycrisp)
About 1 tsp. of vegan margarine, such as Earth Balance, melted
A few dashes of cinnamon
Generous dollop (1/2 - 3/4 cup) plain or vanilla flavored non-dairy yogurt
1/2 cup ginger snap granola
Preheat oven to 350. Cut apples in half and remove cores. Brush tops with melted margarine and sprinkle with cinnamon. Arrange apple halves on baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes, or until softened.
Remove from oven and allow to cool if desired (yogurt will run a lot if you don't). Top with yogurt and then with granola.