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If you love granola, wait until you try this delicious cinnamon apple granola recipe. It has all of your favorite fall flavors you love in every crunchy bite. This homemade granola recipe is easy to adapt to add the ingredients you love most.

A wooden bowl full of granola.

This delicious homemade cinnamon apple granola recipe is full of healthy ingredients like apples, raisins, chia seeds, and certified gluten free whole rolled oats. You won’t feel guilty serving this as a snack to your kids. You can control the sweetness level by how much maple syrup you include.

You can enjoy this as breakfast granola or use it to give you an energy boost in your lunch box or for a pre-workout snack. If you do not eat grains, or worry about cross-contamination of oats, give this Paleo Granola recipe a try.

Why Make This Recipe:

  1. It is perfect for snacking and adding it to ice cream or yogurt!
  2. You can store it in your pantry for up to a week.
  3. It is easy to pack for hikes, in lunch boxes, and as work snacks.
  4. I love that this recipe is refined-sugar-free; this healthy fall granola recipe will quickly become a family favorite. If you love making your own granola from scratch, you will also love this easy Cinnamon Granola Recipe.
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Ingredient Notes:

A large bowl filled with the ingredients of the granola. Each ingredient is listed.

The ingredients for this homemade gluten free apple pie granola are simple, and you can customize what you use easily. For this recipe, my base ingredients were certified gluten free oats, raisins, dried apples, chia seeds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, maple syrup, and coconut oil.

Why You Need Certified Gluten Free Oats:

Many ask why you need to use certified gluten free oats if you are gluten free. Most people do not realize that cross-contamination between oats and wheat is a huge problem. Not only are the crops grown near each other, but they are often stored in silos the other has been stored in.

Certified gluten free oats are not only tested to be under 20ppm, but they are grown and processed far away from wheat.

Apple granola in a white ceramic pumpkin bowl. The lid is laid slanted next to the bowl.

Tips For Success:

  • Don’t skimp on the maple syrup. It helps hold the granola together nicely.
  • As I mentioned above, certified gluten-free oats are critical if you are Celiac or gluten intolerant.
  • It is important to stir the granola halfway through the baking process.
  • You can use small pieces of fresh apples or dried ones, as I did.
  • Let that granola cool. It is critical if you want it to hold together in snackable clumps.

How To Make The Best Cinnamon Apple Granola:

Pouring the maple syrup over the oat mixture.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, add the gluten free oats, seeds, spices, and dried fruit. Mix well.

Step 2: Add maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a small bowl. Whisk and pour into the oat and seed mixture. Mix well to get all of the oat mixture damp.

Dumping the granola mixture on a cookie sheet.

Step 3: Spread the cinnamon apple granola mixture on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.

Spreading the granola on the cookie sheet before baking.

Step 4: Spread the granola mixture out on the cookie sheet. Use a spoon to press it down. This will help it form clumps of granola.

Step 5: Bake at 325º F for 8 minutes. Remove it from the oven and stir. Place back in the oven and bake an additional

Mix-In Ideas:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries

Ways To Use Granola:

Try sprinkling this granola over these yogurt parfaits or this apple crisp overnight oats recipe. If you want to try another delicious fall granola recipe, try this Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Granola!

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Is homemade granola cheaper?

Making your homemade granola is definitely cheaper to make yourself, especially gluten free! A bag of gluten free granola is often close to $10 a bag, but you can make 5x as much granola for the same cost per serving.

Can you use quick oats?

You can not use quick oats in this recipe. Quick oats will get mushy when you add maple syrup and coconut oil.

How do you keep granola crunch?

You can keep granola crunchy by carefully baking it at low heat so it doesn’t burn.

How do you store homemade granola?

Store the homemade granola in an air-tight container. I love storing this gluten-free cinnamon apple granola in quart-sized mason jars. It will keep up to 7 days.

What brands of oats are gluten free?

There are several brands of certified gluten free oats, including Bob’s Red Mill GF Oats, Quaker GF Oats, and Thrive Market private label.

A wooden serving bowl filled with granola.

One bite of this homemade apple crisp granola and you will want to make it again and again! Note this post was updated with more details from an older September 2020 post.

More Recipe With Gluten Free Oats:

apple granola in a large wooden bowl with a wooden scoop

Gluten Free Apple Granola

Sandi Gaertner
A delicious healthy gluten free fall harvest apple granola recipe. This granola is perfect for snacking!
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Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Gluten Free Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 417 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups gluten free whole rolled oats Ensure you use certified gluten free oats!
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried apple rings chopped
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325º F.
  • In a large bowl, add the oats, seeds, spices, and dried fruit. Mix well.
  • In a smaller bowl, add the maple syrup and coconut oil and whisk to blend.
  • Pour the syrup blend into the granola blend and toss to coat the oat mixture.
  • Dump the granola mixture onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Use a knife to spread the granola out so it isn’t too thick. Press down with the spoon.
  • Bake for 8 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven and stir. Add back to the oven and bake another 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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Notes

1. Use certified gluten free oats to prevent cross-contamination. Great brands that sell certified gluten free oats include Trader Joe’s, Bob’s Red Mill, Quaker, and Thrive Market private label. Make sure it says gluten free on the package.
2. You can add any dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. I also like to add shredded unsweetened coconut to my granola.
3. This granola will keep up to 7 days in an air-tight container.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 417kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 8gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 56mgFiber: 7gSugar: 23g
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4 Comments

  1. Hi there,
    I just wanted to let you know I do not see any certified gluten free oats on Bob’s Red Mill Oats , Many people have trouble eating Bob’s Red Mill GF oats.

  2. I am in love with this recipe! I love granola and I love Fall time! This is going to taste so good in the morning with my breakfast yogurt!

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