Spiced Apple Granola {Gluten Free, Vegan}

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Spiced Apple Granola is perfect for fall breakfasts and snacks, especially as it is full of warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and of course – apples. Suitable for Vegan and Gluten Free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers Points.

 

a bottle of apple granola on a table

I am lucky enough to be surrounded by a lot of apple trees, so in the fall we picking up windfalls, and take wheelbarrows of them to make apple juice and gallons of Apple cider too.

And when we have more apples than we could possibly eat, we make this Cinnamon Apple Granola in bulk and eat some for breakfast, for a healthier snack and topped with yoghurt and fruit for a dessert. Soooooo sooooo good.

Apple Granola: Why You’ll Love It

  • This homemade granola super affordable and is made entirely of everyday store cupboard staples.
  • It is very very easy to make! Mix, bake and go.
  • Immensely adaptable. There are virtually limitless ways you can adapt and vary the flavors to suit your tastes and mood.
  • It is easy to double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd.
  • Prep-ahead Ease. You can whip up a big batch and keep till needed.
  • Get the kids cooking – they particularly love the mixing bit, as well as trying it at all stages.
  • If you love apple crisp with granola topping then you can simply use this homemade granola and you are good to go.

a bowl of apple granola on a table

How To Make Apple Granola

  1. Heat the oven to fan assisted 275F /120C / 140C / gas 1.
  2. Mix syrup ingredients together in a pot and warm gently on the cooker until combined.
  3. Stir the spices and apple into the oats, add in the syrup and combine thoroughly.
  4. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a baking tray (you might need two trays) and bake for 20 mins.
  5. Then add in the nuts, mix again and bake for another 20 mins.
  6. Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  7. Stir in any extra fruits or nuts (if you are using) and then serve. image collage showing the steps for making apple granola

 

Apple Cinnamon Granola Tips

  • You need old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick cook variety) for this recipe.
  • Make sure to cut the apples a little smaller than 1 cm cubes otherwise they won’t dry out properly.
  • Use sweeter apples for a sweeter tasting apple granola.
  • This is not too sweet – I like my granola that way. But you can double the syrup mixture if you prefer.
  • Do make sure to cook the granola at the temperature the recipe calls for. If you cook it at a high temperature you risk the granola not drying out but actually burning.a tray of breakfast granola on a table

Apple Granola Variations

  • Vary the nuts you add in. Cashews, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts are all great choices.
  • Try different spices – cardamom and ginger work too.
  • Vary the grains. You can add grains like quinoa into this granola.

a glass jar full of cinnamon granola on a table

Apple Granola Storing Tips

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • When the apple is properly dried, I have stored this for up to 6 weeks with no problems.

Apple Granola Weight Watchers Points

There are 6 Freestyle SmartPoints in a serving of Spiced Apple Granola.

More Granola Recipes

Below are some other granola recipes you might like.

Almond Butter Granola.

Low Carb Granola.

Pistachio and goji berry granola.

Coconut granola from Blahnik Baker.

Originally published Oct 2014*

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5 from 10 votes

Spiced Apple Granola

An autumnal spiced apple granola
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 10
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

For the syrup

  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the oats

  • 2 1/2 cups (180g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced they need to be a tiny bit smaller than 1 cm cubed, or they won't dry properly
  • 6 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 4 tbsp dried fruits optional

Instructions

  • Mix syrup ingredients together in a pot and warm gently on the cooker until combined.
  • Stir the spices and apple into the oats.
  • Heat the oven to fan assisted 120C / 140C / 275F / gas 1.
  • Add the syrup to the oat mix and combine thoroughly.
  • Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a baking tray (you might need two trays) and bake for 20 mins.
  • Then add in the nuts, mix again and bake for another 20 mins.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Stir in fruits if you are using and serve.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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Notes

Apple Cinnamon Granola Tips

  • You need old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick cook variety) for this recipe.
  • Make sure to cut the apples a little smaller than 1 cm cubes otherwise they won't dry out properly.
  • Use sweeter apples for a sweeter tasting apple granola.
  • This is not too sweet - I like my granola that way. But you can double the syrup mixture if you prefer.
  • Do make sure to cook the granola at the temperature the recipe calls for. If you cook it at a high temperature you risk the granola not drying out but actually burning.

Apple Granola Weight Watchers Points

There are 6 Freestyle SmartPoints in a serving of Spiced Apple Granola.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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