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Homemade Apple Cinnamon Granola

This Homemade Apple Cinnamon Granola recipe will make you want to hop out of bed in the morning! Pure maple syrup and brown sugar combine to lightly sweeten whole-rolled oats and get mixed together with apple chips, toasted pecans, and coconut flakes.
Prep Time7 minutes
Cook Time23 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 servings


  • cup olive oil
  • cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ Tbsp. brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats gluten-free if needed
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup dried apples cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ¾ cup pecans raw, pieces
  • ½ cup coconut large flakes
  • ½ cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Make the Base: Add oil, syrup, and sugar to a small to medium-sized skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the mixture starts to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring for an additional minute. Remove from the heat and mix in the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.
    ⅓ cup olive oil, ⅓ cup pure maple syrup, ¼ Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla, ¼ tsp. salt
  • Mix with Oats: Pour the sauce over the oats in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add dried apples, coconut flakes, and pecans. Stir until well combined.
    2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats, ¾ cup dried apples, ¾ cup pecans, ½ cup coconut, ½ cup dried cranberries
  • Bake the Granola: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread granola mixture evenly into the pan. Bake granola in the preheated oven for 20-22 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and let sit until it reaches room temperature.
  • Break Into Pieces: Once it is completely cooled, break apart the granola into large pieces and mix in the dried cranberries. Enjoy!


Prep-Ahead Instructions
Granola can easily last for a few weeks, so the entire recipe can be made days early.
Storage Directions
Keep granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature. Freezing is not recommended as it will affect the taste and texture.
Recipe Tips
  • Make it work. You can swap out the pecans for walnuts or almonds.
  • Cut it out. Coconut sugar can be used instead of brown sugar for a completely refined sugar-free granola.
  • Reduce and enjoy. Additional nuts and coconut can be used in place of the cranberries to decrease the overall sugar content.
  • Be patient. Do NOT stir the granola while baking or cooling for the best results.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg