Make your home smell heavenly with this Apple Cinnamon Granola or follow this easy guide to create your own favourite flavour combinations.
Everyone needs a repertoire of dishes they can make without a recipe, like salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, a green smoothie, a fruit crumble, a really good Caesar cocktail, and of course, a healthy batch of granola. And this Apple Cinnamon Granola is a great one to memorize!
One of the first things I learned to make without a recipe was granola. Once I learned the proportions, I could easily tailor it to my family’s taste and use whatever nuts and dried fruits were in season. In ten minutes from my pantry to my oven, I can have a big batch of this homemade apple cinnamon granola ready for breakfast, for making granola bars, or just for snacking. It’s one more step to take toward eating “clean” and avoiding packaged foods when I can.
Making this apple cinnamon granola recipe always makes our home smell heavenly. Today, the aroma of toasted oats, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg wafting from the oven made me feel more accepting of the fall weather that has suddenly decided it’s here to stay.
In fact, coming home to a warm kitchen full of the flavours that only fall can bring, like roasted grape and goat cheese crostini, butternut squash soup, or apple cake with caramel sauce makes it easy to let go of the memories of barbecues and summer salads and anticipate all the harvest and holiday meals to come.
How to make granola: an easy guide
Choose and chop your favourite nuts and seeds, add old-fashioned rolled oats and spices, then stir it all together with some oil and sweetener. Toast it in the oven, cool, then add your choice of dried fruit. Pack into jars or airtight containers and you’ll have breakfast ready for several meals!
The flavour combinations are only limited by your imagination, or what you have in your pantry. Try this crunchy Cherry Vanilla Grain-Free Granola if you’re looking for a granola recipe without oats. Serve your granola with milk or non-dairy milk or yogurt, use it to make granola bars or topping for apple crisp, or just eat a handful as a quick snack. This granola will stay fresh for weeks in an air-tight container.
4 Tips for making homemade Apple Cinnamon Granola
- For 10 to 11 cups of nuts, seeds and grains, I only use 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of sweetener, like maple syrup or honey.
- Vary the proportion of nuts to oats if you like, or omit the oats entirely as in my Cherry Vanilla Grain-Free Granola or this Nutty Granola if you are following a grain-free diet.
- Make it gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats. Include other nutritious ingredients like coconut, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, or flax seeds.
- Make it your own! Develop your “signature granola” and have one more meal that you can make without a recipe!
Apple Cinnamon Granola
- Heat oven to 250°F.
- Line 2 or 3 baking pans with parchment paper.
- Chop the nuts. A food processor will do this quickly.
- Put in a large bowl and stir in the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
- Melt the coconut oil and whisk it together with the maple syrup.
- Add to the oat-nut mixture and stir until well combined.
- Spread on parchment-paper lined baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and starting to crisp. The granola will become crisper as it cools.
- Once cool, stir in dried apples and cranberries. Store in air-tight containers.
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