Cinnamon Applesauce Granola

I’ve been all about the apples lately. I’ve also been on a bit of a granola kick. I’ve been enjoying it on top of my yogurt bowls as well as straight out of the bag. I decided to try making granola with applesauce in order to get those clumpy pieces without needing to using so much oil. But let’s just clarify, this recipe is not low fat. Instead, it’s packed with healthy fats thanks to walnuts and a bit of coconut oil. So while there isn’t a lot of oil in this recipe, it is still quite satisfying thanks to those walnuts! Alright, let’s get baking.

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Cinnamon Applesauce Granola
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Snack
Serves: 2 cups
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup agave (or honey if you're not vegan)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. Combine the applesauce, agave, coconut oil, and vanilla.
  3. Stir in the cinnamon and salt. Make sure it's well combined.
  4. Stir in the oats and walnuts until well coated.
  5. Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with coconut oil or non-stick spray.
  6. Spread out the granola into an even layer.
  7. Bake on the middle rack for 12-15 minutes. (You want it to just begin to brown on the bottom.)
  8. Gently flip over with a spatula. If you like really clumpy granola, be careful not to break it apart.
  9. Bake for another 12-15 minutes until the granola is crunchy.
  10. Set aside and let cool.
  11. Transfer to an airtight container to store it.

applesauce granola 2This granola smelled amazing coming out of the oven, thanks to all the cinnamon. I made this on Saturday night while Alex was watching football and I found myself going back for another handful. Watch out, this stuff is addicting! I ended up putting it on my yogurt bowl the next morning and packing some for the road when I went to our Northern Virginia office. It makes a perfect snack!

This cinnamon applesauce granola makes perfectly crunchy granola clusters! It's not too sweet so you can eat it by the handful or on top of yogurt. It's vegan and gluten free!

What are your favorite granola mix-ins?


  1. Okay, I need to try this mix! I love cinnamon granola so the apple would be a nice mix in!

  2. I LOVE granola packed with healthy fats and nuts. My favorite granola is a chocolate chip granola. It’s really good. 🙂 I also love adding raisins some times.

  3. We love making our own granola! We need to try this combo next!

  4. I do like apples in the fall and apple picking. It’s so much fun!

  5. mmm love the apple sauce in here looks like an easy recipe too!

  6. Sounds wonderful!

  7. Ooh I bet this did smell amazing. Looks delicious too!

  8. Mmmh. I can pretty much smell this deliciousness through your pictures. While I’m not a walnut fan in general I think they fit quite well here. I made a huge batch of my granola for a colleague in the past week. One of those simple to prepare but oh so good snacks.

  9. Angela says:

    Wow! This sounds amazing!! We have a ton of apples, so perfect timing 🙂

  10. Love granola! This would be perfect with yogurt or ice cream and chopped apple…. a healthy apple dessert any time of day!

  11. Wonerful flavors Liz. I love that it doesn’t have a lot of oil in it.

  12. wow! that sounds delicious and i bet this did smell delicious! i am all about anything with cinnamon!

  13. I love how simple this recipe is! All easily on-hand ingredients and who doesn’t love some apple-flavored granola!!

  14. this sounds AWESOME! I love all things applesauce 🙂

  15. I love granola in my yogurt bowls, too! After seeing the labels of the store brands I started making my own too. I use applesauce and no oils. Thanks for sharing!

  16. You are speaking my language! This looks amazing!
    Pinned it too!

  17. Wow this looks like an awesome Fall dish, to wake you up on those chilly mornings! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Wow this is very creative! I cant wait to try it out!

  19. I hope you make a cookbook one day because I love ALL your recipes!

  20. Not quite as crunchy as I’d prefer, but definitely easy to throw together! I used some gf oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and some mixed nuts for mine, plus homemade applesauce. Thanks for a quick recipe!


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