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Apple Cinnamon Granola

An easy fall breakfast recipe for Apple Cinnamon Granola. Packed-full of healthy ingredients like whole-grain rolled oats, pecans and hemp hearts this granola will keep you full all morning long!

There are moments when I find myself so immersed in this health-conscious, foodie-obsessed world that I forget that not everyone else lives in the same bubble that I do. I would say that most of my friends are foodies but then I find myself explaining how to pronounce quinoa (hi Dad!) and remember that I’m probably in the minority when it comes to my food knowledge.

Which brings me to seeds. I am pretty much guaranteed to have most types of seed stocked in my pantry at all times. Hemp, chia, flaxseed… you name it. Which is why this granola recipe is a go-to in our household!

Here’s What You Need:

  • Rolled oats
  • Pecans
  • Hemp hearts
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut oil
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Egg white – optional but it helps make the granola clump up into bigger clusters!
  • Unsweetened dried apple rings

What are Hemp Hearts?

I love adding hemp hearts into my apple cinnamon granola but sometimes I feel bad for hemp hearts. I feel like they’re often overshadowed by the more commonly known flax or the always trendy chia. All three are amazingly beneficial for your body but let’s not favour one over the other, okay?!

Hemp hearts have some pretty awesome health benefits. They’re super high in protein (2 tablespoons has about 10 grams of protein!), a good source of omega-3s and 6s as well as a low-carb alternative to other seeds ( source ). It’s a powerhouse seed that everyone could benefit from.

If you’re new to the world of hemp hearts, try out this Apple Cinnamon Granola! It’s the perfect way to introduce hemp to your diet and also up the protein from your usual granola. And it’s amazing. Need I say more?

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Granola

Making homemade granola is super simple and this apple cinnamon granola is no exception. It’s so much better than store-bought granola in my opinion.

STEP 1: Combine rolled oats, pecans, hemp hearts and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add in the coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract and egg white. Stir until the dry ingredients are coated with the wet.

STEP 2: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spread out the granola mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip the granola as best you can. Bake for another 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Don’t remove from the pan until it’s completely cool!

STEP 3: Mix in the dried apple rings and then store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

What to Eat with Apple Cinnamon Granola

Granola is so versatile! Here are some ways I like to enjoy it:

  • By the handful… Seriously this granola is delicious and filling on it’s own!
  • Over yogurt
  • Sprinkled on a smoothie bowl
  • On top of frozen yogurt or ice cream
  • In a bowl topped with milk
  • As a topping for pancakes , waffles or french toast
  • Over sliced apples with nut butter

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Apple Cinnamon Granola

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An easy fall breakfast recipe for Apple Cinnamon Granola. Packed-full of healthy ingredients like whole-grain rolled oats, pecans and hemp hearts this granola will keep you full all morning long!

  • Author:Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1 x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans , chopped
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil , melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white, whipped (optional)*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried apple rings , chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine rolled oats, pecans, Hemp Hearts and cinnamon.
  3. Top with coconut oil, applesauce, honey, vanilla extract and egg white. Stir until oat mixture is well coated.
  4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
  5. Spread out granola on baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 mins.
  7. Remove from oven and flip granola as well as you can.
  8. Place back into oven and bake for another 15-20 mins.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Don’t remove from pan until completely cool.
  10. Once cool add in dried apple rings.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

*This helps create clusters but is entirely optional

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An easy fall breakfast recipe for Apple Cinnamon Granola. Packed withIhealthy ingredients like whole-grain rolled oats, pecans + hemp hearts.

Easy Hemp Granola

This crunchy hemp granola packs a nutritional punch with a variety of nuts and seeds. It’s grain-free, vegan and sweetened only with maple syrup and dates.

I think this might be the best granola I’ve ever made!! Bold statement I know, but it’s THAT good. It has the crunchy texture and sweetness that I love but it’s completely grain-free and contains no refined sugar. Loaded with nutrient-dense nuts and seeds and lightly sweetened with maple syrup, this granola has a nutty flavor with hints of cinnamon and vanilla as well as a lovely coconut aroma.

The whole time the granola was baking our house smelled like a huge coconut macaroon… and it was amazing. If I could buy a candle that smells like this granola baking I totally would.

Is Granola Healthy?

Ready for a truth bomb? There are a lot of store bought granolas that aren’t very healthy. They’re typically packed with a lot of sugar and highly processed oils. The good news is: granola is super easy to make and homemade versions ARE healthy! Especially this one.

Ingredients in Hemp Granola

Like I mentioned, this hemp granola is super crunchy and has a subtle sweetness — just the way I like my granola.

  • Nuts and seeds – add a variety of textures, flavors and nutrients.
  • Maple syrup and dates – add just the right amount of sugar.
  • Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts – pack quite the nutritional punch with 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omega-3 + 6 fatty acids (aka healthy fats ). They also contain magnesium, fiber and iron.

How to Serve Healthy Granola

I have no shame in admitting I often just eat this granola by the handful for a healthy snack. I also love it with almond milk and banana slices for hearty breakfast, but usually I use it as a topping for yogurt bowls, overnight oats, chia pudding and smoothie bowls.

It’s so delicious we’ve already gone through two batches in a couple weeks and I’m tempted to make another batch today.

Love Granola? Try These Recipes Too:

  • Coconut Almond Granola
  • Grain Free Granola (No Sugar)
  • Chocolate Granola
  • Pumpkin Granola
  • Granola Cookies

More Recipes with Hemp Seeds:

  • Hemp Tabbouleh
  • Vegan Parmesan Cheese with Hemp Seeds
  • Hummus Avocado Toast with Toasted Hemp Seeds
  • Rice Salad with Cannellini Beans and Hemp Hearts
  • Hemp and Pecorino Crusted Salmon

If you try this grain-free granola recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback on my recipes is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!

This crunchy hemp granola packs a nutritional punch with a variety of nuts and seeds. Paleo, vegan and free of refined sugar.