Apple Cinnamon Granola {recipe}

I’m so glad Emily chose to share this recipe–I honestly can’t wait to try it out, too!



Hi everyone!

I’m Emily and I am the author of my windy city, a blog devoted to wholesome foods and my adventures in Chicago.  I’m so happy and excited to do a guest post for Danica and I hope she is having an awesome and sunny vacation with her husband!


Everyday at around 3 o’clock, my stomach starts growling and I know it’s time for a snack!  Usually, I like to go for something quick like fruit or string cheese and wheat-thins.  On days when I’m feeling extra hungry, I reach for my secret stash of apple cinnamon granola at work and make myself a delicious yogurt parfait.

Homemade granola is surprisingly easy to make and can be adapted for specific tastes, allergies, and sugar tolerances.  Feel free to play around with the recipe below with different seeds, nuts, fruit, and sweeteners!  Applesauce can also be substituted with nutella, pumpkin puree (perfect for fall!) and other fruit purees such as peach and banana!



Time: ~40 mins



  • 1 & 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 quinoa, rinsed and patted slightly dry with paper towel
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup pepitas or sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit (dried apples, cranberries, raisins…etc.)


  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup*
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce*
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

* I added only 1 tbsp of honey since my shredded coconut and dried cranberries were sweetened.  My granola turned out less sweet than average but depending on your taste preferences and how you intend to eat your granola (eg. over plain unsweetened vs. vanilla yogurt), you can add up to 3 tbsp of honey.  The amount of honey will also alter how “chunky” your granola will be.

** A quick & easy recipe to make homemade applesauce– I use pink lady apples and omit the sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Spread quinoa and oats over baking sheet and bake for 10 mins.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.  Once quinoa and oats are done baking, add them to the rest of the dry ingredients. Reduce oven to 300 F.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients and mix together.  Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and mix.
  5. Spread on the baking sheet and bake for 20 mins or until golden brown.


  1. This sounds amazing! I am a fanatic for anything cinnamon :).

  2. i like this, it looks light and satisfying. i’ll have to try it! thanks emily!

  3. I’ve always wanted to make my own granola. Sounds so yummy!

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