Chock full of crunchy oats, pieces of dried apple and cinnamon and spice, this homemade granola recipe tastes like fresh apple pie. It’s delicious as a snack or sprinkled on your morning cereal.
The nutty spiced scent of my cinnamon apple pie granola warms the whole house.
The fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove swirl through my kitchen and everyone comes running!
It reminds me of warm apple bake on a summer day.
Or my homemade apple crisp on a cool fall afternoon.
My cinnamon apple pie granola is delicious all year round.
Don’t buy store-bought granola!
It’s so much tastier when made from scratch.
And it cooks up in just over an hour.
Full of wholesome ingredients and seasonal flavors, it is the perfect healthy breakfast and it’s gluten-free and completely vegan.
While I love traditional granola on top of cereal or in Greek yogurt parfait, it’s also delicious on its own as a healthy snack.
If your kids are like mine, sometimes they need a healthy power boost before their next athletic event.
This fits the bill perfectly.
With swim and baseball starting up for the season, this homemade Cinnamon Apple Granola is easy to throw in a ziploc bag and toss in the duffel bag.
It’s loaded with protein from healthy whole grain oats.
You will need these simple ingredients:
- Old fashioned oats. Skip the quick oats and purchase the old fashioned or steel cut.
- Almonds, pecans and sunflower seeds or your favorite nuts and seeds.
- Brown sugar.
- Dried apple chips and cranberries.
- Spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
- Apple sauce. Stick to unsweetened to keep this recipe sugar free.
- Maple syrup. My favorite is the authentic kind. It’s a bit more expensive but delicious with no added sugar.
How to make your own granola
This recipe requires mixing together the dry ingredients (except the apples and cranberries) and the wet ingredients and spreading the oat mixture in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet.
Next, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and bake the granola at low heat for an hour and 15 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool before adding in the apples and cranberries.
Transfer the granola mixture to a glass container and store in a cool and dark location.
We’ve been trying to incorporate more healthy fruits, nuts and whole grains into our daily diets.
This homemade apple cinnamon granola and my maple almond granola are regular staples in my kitchen pantry.
The recipe ingredients are easy to find in your local grocery store.
Check the dried fruit aisle for dried apples.
One 2-ounce bag yielded one cup of chopped dried apples.
I also added dried cranberries for a pop of sweetness and color.
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The Best Homemade Apple Pie Granola (Easy Recipe)
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1.5 cup almonds, sliced
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 cup dried apples
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 300°F.
- In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, applesauce and maple syrup.
- Next, add in the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Mix until well combined. Pour the mixture onto a large baking sheet.
- Cook for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes stirring every 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven when the granola is golden brown and add the dried apples to the warm granola.
- Allow the granola to cool before adding the dried cranberries.
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
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