This cinnamon applesauce granola is the perfect topping to your yogurt bowl or smoothie, but it’s also delicious by the handful! The walnuts make this granola super satisfying and filling!

granola in a bowl next to a wooden spoon

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.

Tips for Making the Perfect Granola

  • The lower oven temperature helps this granola bake evenly without burning.
  • Spread the granola into an even layer. Using a silicone baking mat is a great way to be sure the granola doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Be sure to keep a close eye on the granola and flip it halfway through baking so it browns evenly.

How to Make Clumpy Granola

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. This combination helps to create clumps that hold together. 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.

granola in a yellow bowl

This 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!

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applesauce granola

Cinnamon Applesauce Granola

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This cinnamon applesauce granola is the perfect topping to your yogurt bowl or smoothie, but it’s also delicious by the handful! The walnuts make this granola super satisfying and filling!


Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup agave (or honey if you’re not vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  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.

Keywords: Cinnamon granola

The Best Ways to Enjoy Granola

  • I love adding granola on top of Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Here are a bunch of yogurt bowl ideas if you want to try something new!
  • Try it on top of a smoothie like this mango citrus smoothie bowl! I love the added crunch.
  • Of course, I also love this granola by the handful! It makes a great filling snack.

What are your favorite granola mix-ins?