Cinnamon Apple Granola (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, whole grain)

This lightly sweetened cinnamon apple granola is 100% whole grain and super allergy friendly!

I made this gluten-free granola recipe for Food Fanatic last year and am finally getting around to sharing it over here. I figured how could I not when it’s gluten-free, 100% whole grain and vegan? And dairy-free! You all probably know that I don’t have any dietary restrictions but it makes me so happy to post recipes that most people can enjoy.

Cinnamon Apple Granola – super allergy friendly and delicious, too! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and 100% whole grain.

You know those granola recipes that yield a dessert-like granola? This isn’t one of them. If you want something like that, check out this chocolate coconut granola. There’s melted chocolate in there and that’s all I’ll say about that. In this granola recipe, there’s way too much applesauce and too little sweetener to get anything dessert-like, which I suppose is good if you’re eating this for breakfast. :)

Cinnamon Apple Granola – allergy friendly and delicious, too! Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and 100% whole grain.

The recipe calls for canola oil but you can use whatever type of oil you want. Coconut oil, olive oil… your choice. I’m not sure if butter will work but feel free to experiment!

I’m sure nuts would also go really well with this apple granola! Especially walnuts, almonds, and pecans. If you want to use those, I’d add them in the last 5-10 minutes or baking. Or after baking. Once the granola is baked, you can toss in anything.

Cinnamon Apple Granola – delicious and gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and 100% whole grain!

Yesterday was the last day of my 10-day no grains, sugar or potatoes detox! Before I started, I just assumed that today would be a gigantic sweets and carb fest. Weirdly enough, I didn’t really crave sweets at all, though I was really bummed about the lack of potatoes, rice or pasta in my diet. Lunch and dinner without any of those three is just sad. I’ve never eaten so much peanut butter, cheese and fruit in my life! One day I ate three bananas, two apples and 9 plums (which maybe explains why I wasn’t craving sugar? ;)) But it was interesting. I learned that I can survive eating more vegetables and less carbs. I guess I’m a little slow to realize that but better late than never, right? :)

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28 comments on “Cinnamon Apple Granola (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, whole grain)” — Add one!

  • Jessica (Savory Experiments) says
    October 18, 2014 @ 7:23 am

    This looks like the perfect thing for me to nibble on at work. Gives me a break from the usual.

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  • Kim Beaulieu says
    October 18, 2014 @ 6:40 am

    You had me at cinnamon. I love homemade granola and this one is sheer perfection.

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  • Angela {Mind Over Batter} says
    October 18, 2014 @ 4:22 am

    This granola is just perfect. And not because it’s fall and it’s an apple cinnamon situation. It’s just… I kind of want to dive into it, you know?

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  • Rebecca {foodie with family} says
    October 17, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    That granola looks and sounds outstanding, Erin! What a great flavour combo for fall!

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  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom says
    October 17, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

    Your granola looks delish…good by itself and on so many things…like yogurt!

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    • Erin replies to Marjory @ Dinner-Mom
      October 19, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

      Ooh, yum. I haven’t had that in years! Definitely trying that the next time I make this. :)

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  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    October 17, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

    I need a new granola recipe! This one looks perfect. Love dried apples!

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  • Martha@A Family Feast says
    October 17, 2014 @ 3:27 am

    This looks great – wish I could reach in and grab a taste!

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    • Erin replies to Martha@A Family Feast
      October 17, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

      I sure wish you could have done that a few days ago before I ate them all. ;)

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  • christine says
    October 17, 2014 @ 3:19 am

    I love that this isn’t overly sweet/dessert like. I generally eat granola in the morning and while I enjoy sweets, I don’t necessarily want to start my day with them.

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    • Erin replies to christine
      October 17, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

      That’s healthy of you! I wish I felt the same. Boooo!

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  • Heather // girlichef says
    October 17, 2014 @ 2:08 am

    I love dried apples, and the thought of them in this granola is making me hungry. It sounds amazing!

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  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    October 17, 2014 @ 12:10 am

    This looks so good!! Nice work on your detox…you have more willpower than I do!

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    • Erin replies to Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
      October 17, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! It wasn’t that bad because I wasn’t craving anything. It was just weird for someone who was previously eating eats literally once an hour!

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  • Stephanie @ Back For Seconds says
    October 16, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    I could use a detox like that…but it probably won’t happen anytime soon,. I am weak.
    I need to make this granola. I love love love apple cinnamon anything!

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  • Susan says
    October 16, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

    Erin, I’m not at all surprised that you aren’t hugely craving sweets. The eating plan that we follow started with 21 days omitting things like added sugar and white flour. I did not crave sweets before and definitely didn’t afterwards, but everyone else I know on the plan had their sweets cravings pretty much disappear. The way the plan works is that you eat every 2-3 hours, alternating meals and snacks, and we have always been so well satisfied doing that we have not craved anything. I’m saving this granola recipe, because I love the flavors as well as the fact that it isn’t sweet.

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    • Erin replies to Susan
      October 17, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

      That’s interesting! Even now that I’ve eaten some potatoes, grains and sweets, I’m not craving them. I hope this keeps up forever but it sounds too good to be true. :( And I’m eating very often, too! I used to eat a huge, warm, carb-filled lunch and be full for the day with a little unhealthy snacking in the evening but now I need to eat really often.

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  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says
    October 16, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    This is PERFECT for fall, Erin!!!

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  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
    October 16, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    I can never complete detoxes like that without cheating. I just feel like I can never not be hungry! Glad you made it through — send a little willpower my way, will ya? I’ve never made granola before, but I loves it. So much do I love it. Need to get a healthier version like this in my life.

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    • Erin replies to Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies
      October 17, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

      That was my problem! I ALWAYS felt hungry. The exceptions were when I made pizza and piled on about a hamburger’s worth of meat on there and an obscene amount of cheese. Then I was full and happy and content. :)

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