Apple Cinnamon Granola

Apple Cinnamon Granola is just the thing to give you all the Fall vibes. Mix up your breakfast or snack time routines with this delicious and easy, Fall inspired recipe. Our healthy granola features only ingredients you can recognize, plus no added sugars or oils! It’s the perfect kickoff to the season!

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Is granola good for you?

Commercial granolas generally have two problems as far a health goes. They are often high in added sugar, and they are often high in added oils.

These are two additions that aren’t necessarily terrible. But let’s be honest, we all consume much more added sugar than we should (check out my video on sugar), and granola is high enough in fat (because of the nuts and seeds) without adding anymore.

In my version, there are no added sugars at all (although I did add an optional recommendation in case you wanted a sweeter granola). I use chopped dates and the apple chips as the sweet element in my granola, and I’m using applesauce to hold it all together – which also add a bit of sweetness.

Using the applesauce allows us to forgo oil completely. Not even needed! Win-win!

FAQs and Substitutions

Where can I get apple chips?

Apple chips can be found in most grocery stores and online retailers in the snack section. They are not the same as dried apples. Apple chips are crispy, and the ones I’ve seen come in “single serving” bags. You will notice there are other ingredients in them besides just apples, so if you have a choice, pick on with the least amount of added ingredients.

I can’t find apple chips. Can I just use dried apples?

Sure can! I’d recommend chopping them up in small cubes/pieces in that case. The texture will be a little different, but the taste will all be there! Delicious!

Mix up the nuts and seeds!

For some variation, use any variety of nuts and/or seeds you have or like. As long as you have 1 cup total, it won’t affect the recipe.

Can I use quick oats or instant oats instead of old fashioned?

Not for this recipe. You really need to use the old fashioned rolled oats, or they’ll just disintegrate.

If you try Apple Cinnamon Granola, let me know in the comments!

You will also want to make my Heart Healthy Pumpkin Granola!

Apple Cinnamon Granola

Apple Cinnamon Granola is just the thing to give you all the Fall vibes. Mix up your breakfast or snack time routines with this delicious and easy, Fall inspired recipe.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet DiabeticDiet, GlutenFreeDiet, LowLactoseDiet, LowSaltDiet, VeganDiet, VegetarianDiet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 7
Calories 221 kcal
Author Laura Yautz

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • ¾ cup Chopped Pecans
  • ½ cup Chopped Dates
  • ¼ cup Sesame Seeds
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Apple Pie Spice
  • (Optional) 2-3 Tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey
  • 1 cup Apple Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pecans, dates, and sesame seeds.
  3. Add the applesauce, lemon juice, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and maple syrup/honey if using, and stir to combine.

  4. Transfer to a lined baking sheet, spread thin, and bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until dry and crispy, but not burned.
  5. Remove from the oven, and cool completely.
  6. Stir in the apple chips, breaking them into smaller pieces if needed.
  7. Store in an airtight container.
Small jar with granola in it. Text overlay: Apple Cinnamon Granola; oil free, sugar free.
Small jar with granola in it. Text overlay: Apple Cinnamon Granola; oil free, sugar free.
Small jar with granola in it. Text overlay: Apple Cinnamon Granola; oil free, sugar free.

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