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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Granola Recipe (gluten-free & vegan)

Full of cozy fall flavors this sugar-free granola recipe is loaded with fresh apples and cinnamon. This apple pie granola is easy to make and the perfect snack for kids. Made from nuts, seeds, oats, and spices this healthy granola is perfect as is or as a topper!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 36 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 288 kcal


  • 3/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 1/4 cup large toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup regular oats
  • 1/2 cup rice puffs or more oats
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1.5 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 3 tbs coconut oil measured solid
  • 1/3 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 inch vanilla bean
  • 1 apple 3/4 cup peeled and grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine the almonds and walnuts in a food processor and process until chunky (leave pieces for texture!)
  3. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients up to and including the cinnamon.
  4. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and combine with the cashew butter, vanilla and applesauce. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir briefly.
  6. Add in the shredded apple and mix until everything looks a bit wet.
  7. On a large tray with parchment paper, spread out the granola into a thin layer and press down with a silicone spatula. You want to press down firmly to try and keep the granola somewhat stuck together versus spread out.

  8. Bake for 12 minutes then stir the granola, pressing it down again.
  9. Bake another fourteen minutes until granola is starting to brown (it won't look quite done yet)
  10. Remove from oven and let sit for one hour to firm up before moving.

Recipe Notes

Use large toasted coconut flakes (not just shredded) for the ideal texture.

The nutrition uses oats in place of rice puffs. I believe rice puffs are lower in calories though.

Makes 3 cups worth of granola and a serving size is 1/4 cup. Grab all the ingredients you need from my Pantry Staples

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Apple Cinnamon Granola Recipe (gluten-free & vegan)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 246mg7%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 8IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.