This Apple Cinnamon Granola recipe is a vegan, gluten-free and healthy breakfast option made with only real and good-for-you ingredients. It’s like all the flavours of apple pie coming together in a granola that is pretty much like a healthy dessert for breakfast.
A super fall-festive breakfast (dessert granola) made delicious and good for you with different seeds, nuts, and dried fruit. Wonderfully crunchy and full of tons of different textures, warm and cinnamony, full of sweetness from the maple syrup and tartness from the apple chips. And how can you go wrong when this granola is actually good for you too?!
Serve this granola over yogurt, with dairy-free milk or just by the handful out of the jar.
It’s that season…
Amongst all the other incredibly delicious ‘seasons’ that fall has to offer like pumpkin, squash, apple, soup and casserole, big family holiday dinners… It’s apple pie season.
I’ve never been a huge apple pie fan. Although, Nana does make a mean apple pie. There’s just something about all the sugar and being a super heavy dessert of choice for the family after a huge holiday dinner…
But the apple pie smells! The wonderful sweet scent of a homemade pie, that’s what I do like. All that cinnamon and deep sweetness and those fresh apples being used! Doesn’t it just sound so heavenly and so perfect for cooler weather? That’s exactly what inspired this granola.
MORE ABOUT THIS APPLE CINNAMON GRANOLA RECIPE…
So many delicious (and nutritious!) mix-ins to be had. Here I used seeds and nuts – pumpkin, hemp and a combo of walnuts, pecans and almonds – and dried cranberries and dried apple chips!
But those apple chips, though! They are kind of the most important part!
I love Martin’s apple chips. (This isn’t a sponsored post they are just seriously my favourite and the apples are grown just down the road from me too! Local food is the best!) They are tart yet crispy and crunchy and they actually taste like real apples. You know, unlike some other dried or dehydrated fruit options that taste more like added sugar than anything else.
Annnnd not only are these apple chips good in the granola, but they are also pretty delicious on their own.
Almonds are usually my nut of choice, especially in granola but you can use whichever nut you have on hand – for me that is usually almonds, walnuts and pecans.
And for sweetness – lots of cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla extract. This granola is definitely on the sweeter side (especially compared to some of the other granolas I’ve posted) but I think it works so well with that apple-pie like flavour!
This granola is completely gluten-free, vegan and low in oil, at least compared to this granola and this granola. I use just 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil. There’s only just a slight coconut flavour and it really adds to the warmth of this granola. And it’s seriously so easy to make – the oven does all the work!! Just remember to set that time and stir every once in a while (or every 10 minutes to be exact).
This is some good stuff, friends. Just like apple pie but is easier to make and better for you too!Print
Apple Cinnamon Granola
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 6 cups of granola (about 12 servings) 1x
This Apple Cinnamon Granola recipe is a vegan, gluten free and healthy breakfast option made with only real and good-for-you ingredients. It’s like all the flavours of apple pie coming together in a granola that is pretty much like a healthy dessert for breakfast.
- 3 cups rolled oats (gluten free certified)
- 1 cup whole raw nuts, roughly chopped (use your favourite like almonds, walnuts or pecans)
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup dried apple chips, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat the coconut oil until melted. Combine with the maple syrup and vanilla.
- Pour maple and coconut mixture over top of the oats and mix and stir until oats are evenly coated. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and arrange oats into a smooth even layer.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until oats are just golden brown and crisp, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
- Remove from oven, give the granola one last stir then let cool completely on pan.
- Before transferring the granola to an airtight container, fold in the apple chips, cranberries and hemps.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
Julie @ Running in a Skirt says
Ohhhh those apples! This looks so good. There is nothing like homemade granola. Can’t wait to try it.
Megan @ With Salt and Wit says
I LOVE this granola! I love the flavors and how it is vegan and gluten free! I cant even get started on the flavors! Yum!
amanda -runtothefinish says
I bet the house smelled out of this world making this!! I swear it’s like I can smell it just thinking about it! YUM!
I LOVE granola! This looks super delicious! The addition of apple chips is such a great idea!
jill conyers says
Rebecca this looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it!
Alisa Fleming says
Wow, those apple chunks look so wonderfully rustic and flavorful. Granola looks like the perfect way to enjoy them.
Julia Mueller says
Ah my gaaaawsh this granola looks fabulous! I’m ALL ABOUT an apple cinnamon adventure, and the granola looks so flavorful and crunchy. Definitely a beautiful breakfast or addicting snack!
Liz @ pumpkin & peanut butter says
I would have never thought to make apple cinnamon granola but I’m SO in love with the the idea! Definitely adding it to my list to try soon!
Lindsay Cotter says
This looks so delicious! Love the fall flavors!
Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says
Making my own granola has become a favorite Sunday tradition lately! Can’t wait to try this cinnamon apple version.
Amanda @thepretendbaker says
Yummm! This sounds delish! I don’t like apple pie either. It’s the crust. I hate pie crust. The apples, though! So good. Also, martin’s apple chips are awesome. This sounds so good!