This Cinnamon Apple Granola is packed with enormous crispy clusters and flavored with notes of warm cinnamon, hints of spectacular apple pie spice and a sprinkling of dried apple chips! This easy granola recipe is delicious and perfect for breakfast, dessert and every snack in between!
Update: This post was originally published in September 2016. I made edits to the photos and added a recipe video to show you how easy this cinnamon apple pie granola is to make! However, the actual written words in this post remain the same.
Hi, friends! I’m so excited my favorite season is finally here – hey fall, nice to see ya!
Full confession, this little corner of the internet (you know, you + me), is about to be full-blown apples up in everything. I’ll try to practice a little self-restraint and limit the apple baked treats to every other post, but seriously, I make no promises. I AM blonde, so there is a strong possibility I will forget about all this talk of self-restraint.
Anyways, now that we have that out of the way, welcome the first apple speckled treat of the season – apple cinnamon granola!
Phew. I feel better now that I got ALL that TRUTH off my chest.
Cinnamon Apple Granola Recipe
If apple pie and cinnamon granola had a baby and then a stork sprinkled it with cinnamon for good measure, THIS is what would have happened.
This homemade granola is the end all, be all of fall flavored granolas. BIG statement? Yes, but I back it up completely. (Besides pumpkin flavored goods don’t count on this site)
This granola is crunchy yet slightly tender and chewy with ENORMOUS crispy clusters, notes of warm cinnamon, hints of spectacular apple pie spice and a sprinkling of dried apple chips.
This cinnamon granola isn’t overly sweet like candy, it is the perfect mix of sweet n’ savory.
100% fall flavored fabulousness up in here.
How to make traditional granola from scratch?
Homemade granola is simple to make!
This easy apple granola only requires a handful of ingredients, such as rolled oats, sweetener, apple sauce, coconut oil, spices and dried nuts.
After collecting your ingredients, all you need to do is whisk together the sweetener, apple sauce, oil and spices and then toss in the oats and nuts. Next, you transfer the raw granola mixture to a sheet pan in an even layer, and bake, stirring once halfway through.
How to eat cinnamon granola?
There possible uses for granola are honestly limitless! Here are some delicious ways to use homemade cinnamon granola:
- Use it as a topping for yogurt or chia seed puddings
- Layer granola with yogurt and fresh fruit for a breakfast parfait
- Use it as topping for baked apples or fruit crisps
- Add it to muffins or bake it into breads
- Mix granola into your breakfast oatmeal for added crunch
- Use it as a substitute for cereal and pour milk overtop
- Use it as a topping for smoothies or smoothie bowls
- Add it to pancake batter for added texture
- Toss the granola with more nuts and dried fruits for a homemade trail mix
- Use it as a topping for salads
How long does apple granola keep?
After baking, you should allow the cinnamon granola to cool completely on the pan before transferring to a storage container. Granola will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
If you are looking for long term storage, granola also freezes well! Keep it in a freezer-safe airtight bag or container in the freezer for up to 2 months. (Tip: If freezing, leave out the any dried fruit chips or chewy dried fruits!)
Tricks for the best Cinnamon Apple Granola?
- Nuts: The classic granola recipe below calls for walnut and pecans, but you can use whatever nut(s) you love! Just make sure you are only roughly chopping the nuts. I use a zip-closure bag and a mallet, but you can use a cutting board and a knife. Just be careful if you use a food processor, you don’t want to over-process them into dust!
- Coconut Oil: While you can substitute canola oil, I highly recommend you don’t. You CAN’T taste the coconut AT ALL, but the coconut oil helps make this granola gloriously clustery. Please use coconut oil.
- Honey: Speaking of clusters, the recipe below calls for 1/3 cup of honey. You can cut the honey down to 3 tablespoons; however you won’t end up with huge clusters of granola. Moral – use all the honey.
- Cooling: When you remove the granola from the oven it will still feel a bit wet. Don’t worry, it will harden and turn crunchy after cools on the pan. DO NOT stir the granola while it’s cooling or you will prevent the large clusters from forming.
- Apple Chips: You can find apple chips in the chip or nut isle of your grocery store. I found mine located with the specialty nuts and fruit chips. If you can’t find them or don’t want to use them, you can either make your own or you can just leave them out.
Cinnamon Apple Granola recipe is perfect for breakfast, dessert and EVERY snack in between. Get your tookis in the kitchen and bake your fall granola dreams come true.
Until next week friends, cheers – to apples in ALL the things!
Homemade Cinnamon Apple Granola recipe and video tutorial👇
Cinnamon Apple Granola
- Sheet pan
- Mixing Bowls
- 1/3 Cup Honey *
- ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 2 TBS Pure Maple Syrup
- ¼ Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- ¾ Cup Coconut Oil , melted*
- 1 TBS Apple Pie Spice
- ½ tsp each Cinnamon and Kosher Salt
- 4 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- ¾ Cups Walnuts - chopped
- ½ Cup Pecans – chopped
- 1 Cup Dried Apple Chips
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk together the honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, apple sauce, oil, apple pie spice, cinnamon and salt.
- In a medium bowl, add the oats, walnuts and pecans. Stir in the honey mixture. Transfer to a large baking sheet in a thin layer (use two pans if necessary).
- Bake in the oven for 1 hour, stirring once halfway through, or until granola is toasted and golden brown.
- Remove from oven and DO NOT stir. The granola will still feel wet. Allow granola to cool on the counter for 15-20 minutes. Add in the apple chips and toss to combine.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
*You can reduce the honey to as little as 3 TBS, but the granola will not be as clustery.
*You can substitute canola oil for the coconut oil, but the granola will not be as clustery.
*You can either leave apple chips whole or crush them, depending on preference.
*You can freeze the granola for up to 2 months.
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