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Apple Cinnamon Granola

September 7, 2020

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

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 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

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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  • Reply
    Michaela
    September 15, 2020 at 9:21 am

    This granola is delicious and was so easy to make! I sprinkled it over a sliced apple drizzled with peanut butter and it was a perfect snack!

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