Once you try making your own granola at home, you’ll never go back to the grocery store version again. Not only is homemade granola more delicious and super easy to make, but it allows you to use more wholesome ingredients and costs much less!
This Apple Cinnamon Granola is like fall in a bowl. It uses fresh apples, raisins, and honey to provide natural sweetness, unlike store-bought versions that rely on heaps of processed sugar. You could substitute maple syrup for the honey, or for a lower-sugar alternative, try unsweetened applesauce instead. Walnuts can be replaced with other nuts such as pecans or sliced almonds. And instead of raisins, you could toss in dried cranberries, currants, or blueberries.
Your homemade granola will crisp up as it cools, so make sure you give it time to cool before packaging it up. Cooled granola should be stored in an airtight jar, container, or re-sealable plastic bag. Sprinkle on oatmeal, yogurt, or smoothie bowls.
Apple Cinnamon Granola
This healthy Apple Cinnamon Granola recipe is crunchy, sweet, and perfectly spiced with old fashioned rolled oats, honey, cinnamon, and fresh apples.
- ¼ cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups dry old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup coarsely chopped raw walnuts
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. ground cloves
- ¼ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
- 1 medium apple cored, chopped
- ¼ cup raisins
Preheat oven to 325° F.
Line baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Heat honey and oil in small saucepan over low heat; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or until oil has melted.
Add extract; mix well. Set aside.
Combine oats, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a large mixing bowl; mix well.
Add honey mixture, apple, and raisins; mix until oats are evenly coated.
Place on prepared baking pan; spread evenly in a thin layer.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until granola is light golden brown and crisp.
Cool granola completely (it will get more crisp as it cools).
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.