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Apple Cinnamon Granola has your favorite fall flavors in a breakfast yogurt topping or healthy snack. With apples, oats, nuts, and cinnamon, it will fill your house with incredible autumn aromas as it bakes. And a few white chocolate chips add the perfect hint of vanilla flavor. This homemade granola recipe is gluten free and makes a great gift!
Originally published on November 19, 2015 with the full recipe on another site. I thought about changing the text, but given recent world events, I felt that these emotions should not be deleted from my site. They still hold true now, perhaps even more so. Republishing on August 23, 2017 with the full recipe on my site.
I’m sure every generation has said this, but it is seriously a tough time to be a parent. Globally we have the attacks in Paris, the bombings in Lebanon and Iraq, and terrorists striking fear and inflicting death and destruction. There are refugees fleeing horrible circumstances, children scared, hungry, even dying.
In our own country, there’s violence – some of it to a greater degree such that it makes national news. But even sadder are the daily occurrences that are such a part of life that they don’t even make headlines or draw attention. Putting my kid on the school bus each day is one of the most frightening things I do. Everyone is mad at everyone for something they said, did, didn’t say, or didn’t do. And the more we preach about it, the more that tolerance and, heaven forbid, acceptance of others around us is at an all-time low.
In my own local area, in the short time I have lived here I have heard the reports of shooting outside of strip malls and gas stations. The same strip malls and gas stations that I go to. Just several blocks away a young man was run down by a driver because a man walking his dog yelled out that the speedster should slow down through the neighborhood.
Even at the bus stop, I see taunting and teasing that we used to think was just typical of kids. But honestly now sometimes we worry that it’s something more. It’s a future bully or worse.
My kids are still young enough to be unaware. Pretty soon they won’t be. Pretty soon I should actually make them aware because it’s better I put things in context for them to understand. And I want to make sure they know that we do all we can to keep them safe. Also, the best thing that they can do, as little people, is to be kind to others no matter what.
But what do I say? How do I explain things that won’t make sense to them, don’t make sense to me, and baffle most of the general public? Things that really I don’t want them to hear, know, or ever experience. I’m never one to say “don’t grow up so fast” to my kids because one of my favorite parts of being a parent is watching them grow, learn, and do new things. This stuff, though, if I could keep them babies and shield them from all of this forever, I would.
Sometimes I feel too much like a scared child to be a strong parent.
All I can do right now, I suppose, is hold them, love them, sit around the breakfast table with them and let them be little boys. Let them be silly. Let them get yogurt on their faces and granola on the floor, because there are bigger things out there. Things that kisses and band-aids and “just one more snack mom” can’t fix. So for now, snacks…
Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Granola
This Apple Cinnamon Granola recipe will make your kitchen smell incredible while it’s baking. It’s bursting with the flavors of warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. In addition, there’s plenty of crunch, chewy bits, and sweet, creamy bursts from the white chocolate chips you add after it cools. And of course, there is tons of apple flavor from applesauce and dried apples.
Not to mention, it has lots of crunchy clusters, which is what my boys beg for, like Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters. Because if it’s granola clusters that get them to eat their yogurt for breakfast, it’s granola clusters they’ll get! I mean, I’m sure they’d prefer Caramel Apple Ice Cream for their apple fix, but any time they request something healthy, I’m all over it. I mean, they do love Cauliflower Tots.
Plus you control the ingredients, so you can keep the amount of sugar and fat under your control.
Why is Apple Cinnamon Granola good?
It’s truly the combination of ingredients that make it both delicious and good for you:
- Oil – avocado oil is healthy and neutral-tasting oil. You can also use canola oil or melted coconut oil, though that does contribute a bit of a coconut flavor.
- Egg white – this is one of the key ingredients for forming yummy granola clusters. It helps to bind the ingredients together.
- Applesauce – also helps to form the chunks while adding a hint more sweetness and apple flavor.
- Coconut sugar – an unrefined sweetener with a lower glycemic index and some additional health benefits, but brown sugar works just as well.
- Kosher salt – a hint of salt in a sweet recipe always enhances the flavors.
- Vanilla – another flavor enhancer, and I always recommend using a pure vanilla extract versus imitation for a richer flavor. If you are gluten free, be sure you use a vanilla extract that is gluten free, such as Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice – warm spices add the quintessential fall flavors.
- Old fashioned oats – I do not recommend quick oats in granola, and if needed be sure to get certified gluten free oats.
- Ground flaxseed – this is a great way to sean in some extra superfood goodness, like omega-3s.
- Chopped dried apples – these are the chewy style of dehydrated apples, not the crispy freeze-dried ones. Many brands add extra sugar and preservatives to their dried fruits, so I do like to use dried apples that are organic so that they maintain as many of the nutritional benefits as possible.
- White chocolate chips – technically these are optional, but I like the little creamy pockets they add. While I typically love Ghirardelli chocolate chips for baking, their white chocolate chips are NOT gluten free, so I usually stick with Nestle White Chocolate Chips.
Apple Cinnamon Granola recipe tips to create perfect chunky clusters…
- Be sure to line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet to prevent the granola from sticking.
- In one bowl you’ll mix together all of your wet ingredients, then toss the dry ingredient together in another bowl.
- Do not add the dried apples or white chocolate chips before baking or the apples will burn and the chips will melt.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and make sure everything is moist.
- Press it into a single layer on the baking sheet. This is the first step to ensure you get those nice, crunchy clusters.
- Bake for 30 minutes, and about halfway through, stir gently so that the middle can get crisp without the edges burning. But be careful not to break up the large clusters while stirring.
- Bake till golden and dried out.
- Let it cool on the baking sheet in order to let the clusters crisp up.
- After it’s cool you can toss in the dried apples and white chocolate chips.
What can you do with Cinnamon Apple Granola? How do you store it?
- Store the granola in an airtight container for up to several weeks.
- Package in jars or cellophane bags to give out as gifts.
- It’s delicious to eat by the handful, or in a bowl with milk.
- If you’d love a breakfast that tastes like dessert, this granola recipe is the perfect addition to these Apple Crisp Yogurt Parfaits.
There are plenty of healthy ways to get your apple a day. Try these apple recipes:
- Whole Wheat Apple Pumpkin Muffins combine your favorite fall flavors in one tasty muffin.
- Peanut Butter Apple Nachos with Strawberry Salsa is the perfect after school snack with the PB&J flavor combo.
- Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Breakfast Bars have whole grains and protein and amazing apple cinnamon flavor.
- Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls only have four ingredients.
- Slice ’em thin and make these Ginger Cinnamon Apple Chips from Rachel Cooks.
- If you prefer warm and creamy to crunchy, start your day with Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal from Two Peas and Their Pod.
- Or sip your apples through a straw with an Apple Pie Smoothie from Texanerin Baking.
What are some other ways to make homemade granola?
Apple Cinnamon Granola Recipe
You’ll love the aroma of fall spices wafting through your home as you bake this delicious granola. It’s filled with crunchy clusters, flavors of apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg, plus chewy dried apples and creamy white chocolate chips. That is why it will become one of your favorite healthy snacks or additions to a wholesome breakfast this autumn. With just a few minutes of prepping the ingredients and a half hour in the oven, it’s easy to make your own granola at home.
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Apple Cinnamon Granola
- 1/4 cup avocado oil or canola, or melted coconut oil
- 1 large egg white
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup chopped dried apples
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, egg white, apple sauce, sugar, vanilla, salt, and spice.
- In a large bowl, toss together the oats, flax seed meal, and walnuts.
- Pour the wet mixture over the oats mixture, and toss to combine.
- Spread granola on the prepared baking sheet, and spread into an even layer.
- Bake 350°F for 15 minutes. Stir gently, being careful not to break up large clumps.
- Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden and dry. Cool on the baking sheet.
- Once completely cool, sprinkle the dried apples and white chocolate chips over the top and transfer to an airtight container.
- Then make this Apple Crisp Yogurt Parfait.