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Apple Cinnamon Granola

I didn’t mean this week to be all about breakfast, but it just sort of happened. First, I shared a recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake-yes, you can eat this cake for breakfast. You have my permission:) Next, I posted a recipe for Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup. Well, those pancakes inspired me to make a batch of Apple Cinnamon Granola. I love eating this granola for breakfast, especially during the fall months.

Homemade granola is the best and I love switching up the flavors. I used applesauce to make this granola and only a little bit of oil. The applesauce makes the granola extra crunchy and you get those big clumps of granola. This granola is not wimpy at all! I always pick the granola clumps off of the pan and pop them into my mouth while the granola is cooling. The applesauce also keeps the granola low-fat. Yay!

I chopped up some dried apples and tossed them into the granola after it was done baking. I didn’t add in any nuts, only pepitas, because Josh is allergic to nuts. You can throw in pecans, almonds, or walnuts if you wish. This granola has enough crunch and flavor that I don’t miss the nuts though. This nut-free granola is a winner!

I love eating this Apple Cinnamon Granola for breakfast or for a healthy snack. It is great by the handful, with Greek yogurt, or with a splash of cold milk. Make your house smell like fall and make a batch of Apple Cinnamon Granola today!

Apple Cinnamon Granola

Yield: About 5 cups of granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

This healthy and nut-free granola is great with yogurt, milk, or by the handful!


3 1/2 cups oats (not quick oats)
1 cup pepitas
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup applesauce
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped dried apples


1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pepitas, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and salt.

3. In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce with the honey, canola oil, and vanilla extract.

4. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Spread the mixture evenly on a large baking sheet.

5. Bake the granola for about 45 minutes, stirring every ten minutes, until the granola is golden brown. Remove from oven, and stir in the dried apples. Let the granola cool completely. Store the granola in a large, airtight container. The granola will keep for up to one month.

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59 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Granola”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 12, 2012 @ 4:15 am

    Dried apples are so delicious! I bet they’re perfect in the granola and add such great texture & flavor!

  2. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — October 12, 2012 @ 4:49 am

    I love that you made this with applesauce and cut down on the oil! Love that it’s nut-free, too – I could give it to my little one who is not quite ready for nuts yet.

  3. I love it!! Yum!!!

  4. Jaclyn — October 12, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Looks delicious, and love that it’s low fat! Can’t wait to give this a try.

  5. chinmayie @ love food eat — October 12, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Love this recipe. With apples and apple sauce it’ll be awesome :)

  6. Natalie @ Free Range Human — October 12, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I keep meaning to make my own granola, and this looks like a wonderful recipe to start with!

  7. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — October 12, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Looks awesome– what a great recipe!

  8. Robyn | Add a Pinch — October 12, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    You are so right about homemade granola being best and this looks wonderful with the addition of dried apples. Umm, I bet each bite has that velvety texture.

  9. Cookbook Queen — October 12, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    LOOOOVE granola, and dried apples. This looks great — handy for keeping in my purse for when I get hungry!!

  10. Angie — October 12, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    This looks so healthy and delicious!

  11. marla — October 12, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    LOVE granola ~ a great recipe Maria!

  12. Jill — October 12, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    Looks wonderful! Did you make your own dried apples for this?

  13. susan — October 12, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I am so into granola and oatmeal right now. This is a perfect Fall treat!

  14. Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 12, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    apple cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors – i love it in granola form!

  15. Courtney — October 12, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Love Apples and Cinnamon especially this time of year! My husband cannot get enough of granola. Meant for us!

  16. Loretta — October 12, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    It’s been too long since I’ve had granola. I love it over creamy, full-fat yogurt! I’m drooling now…

  17. Erica — October 12, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    I love trying new kinds of granola! The apples are a fun touch. Nothing wrong with lots of breakfast recipes- best meal of the day

  18. Joanne — October 12, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Apple cinnamon is just PERFECT for breakfast so you shouldn’t be sorry at all! I’m loving the sound of this granola.

  19. Liz W | EmmaEats — October 12, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Homemade granola with warm apples and cinnamon — sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy the flavours of Fall!

  20. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 12, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    Love the fall twist on it with the dried apples. YUM!

  21. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 12, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    What a lovely granola! So great for fall :)

  22. Kelsey — October 12, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! Healthy and delicious. :)

  23. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 12, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    I love the lack of oil in this! The oil is usually what keeps me away from homemade granola recipes…But maybe not this one!

  24. What a great granola recipe. I love the apples in there, so yummy!

  25. April — October 12, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Yum! We’re getting ready to move clear across the country, I’m going to have to make this for our trip! :)

  26. Audra@The-Baker-Chick — October 12, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    This sounds wonderful!! I would love this with some vanilla yogurt. We were on the same page with our apple-cinnamon breakfast posts today :)

  27. Locaholic — October 12, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love making granola but I’ve never thought to add dried apples. I might make some this weekend.

  28. Lauren @ Part Time House Wife — October 13, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Mmmmmm. I LOVE homemade granola! It’s the best blog reading snack. Epescially with those big chunks of apple!

  29. Sues — October 13, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    I love homemade granola and this one looks SO perfect for the season. I’ve been apple obsessed lately!

  30. teresa — October 13, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    i can’t wait to try this!

  31. Paula — October 14, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    I just had a conversation with my mother in law about granola. I wondered if there was a way to make it lower in fat. And here it is! Thank you! I have to try this and share your recipe with her.

  32. Esi — October 14, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    I’ve been consuming a lot of granola lately. Need to start making again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  33. Becky — October 15, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    Apple cinnamon just screams fall to me. I need to change up my granola every once in a while… next time I’m trying this!

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  36. aida mollenkamp — October 22, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    I love making homemade granola as well!

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