Gluten Free Granola: Loaded with Fall Flavors

Erin D. | Texanerin Baking

This cinnamon apple granola happens to be gluten free, dairy free and vegan and is so much cheaper and more healthy than the store bought variety!

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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.

Gluten Free Granola Picture

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.

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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.

    16 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup, or honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups rolled oats, certified gluten free
  • 1 1/2 cups dried apples, chopped into 1/2" chunks

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir everything together except for the oats and dried apples until well combined.
  3. Stir in the oats, making sure to coat them well with the wet mixture.
  4. Spread the oats onto the cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven, stir in the chopped dried apples, and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Let the granola cool completely (it will harden as it cools).
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks or in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • You can make this granola with honey, but it will no longer be vegan.
  • You can make this granola with regular rolled oats, but it will no longer necessarily be gluten free, as most commercial oats are processed with wheat ingredients nearby. You must use oats that are certified gluten free to guarantee the gluten free integrity.

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Erin loves to bake, and especially the challenge of grain-free and gluten-free baking. We're huge fans of her work on Texanerin Baking too!

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    That is one gorgeous granola, Erin. We're not gluten free, but this is SO getting made!