I have to admit that I love store bought granola. What I don't love is the long list of ingredients, which usually includes things I've never heard of and can't even pronounce. That's where homemade granola comes into play.
Granola is one of those breakfast items that's incredibly quick and easy to make and it's so much cheaper and delicious than store bought! With cooler temperatures and the start of apple season, I basically go on a cinnamon apple rampage during September and so it was just natural that I go with cinnamon apple granola. If granola isn't your speed, check out this 100% whole grain apple bundt cake.
And if today's version of granola doesn't appeal to you, leave out the cinnamon and dried apples and add any spices or nuts that you like. Or try this gluten-free quinoa granola recipe!
This homemade granola is less sweet than the store bought kind, but it still has a little sweetness to it, meaning it's not exactly dessert but halfway there. I like to use as much natural sweetener as possible, like honey or maple syrup, but I haven't been impressed with maple syrup in granola. I find that you can't even taste it making it a costly addition. I used unrefined sugar here but you can also use regular granulated or brown sugar.
I'm not much of a nut fan but adding pecans, walnuts or almonds would work wonderfully here! Add them in along with the dried apples for the last 10-15 minutes of baking.