Apple Roasted Cinnamon Granola Recipe

by valentina on December 26, 2012

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Growing up I remember if ever I was up late, I could often find my dad at the breakfast room table indulging in a bowl of granola for a “late-night-snack.”

At the time I didn’t quite understand the appeal — after all granola is technically a cereal, a breakfast food.  I would have certainly gone for the chocolate chip cookies, myself.

I’ve since learned though,  that not only are some of the best breakfast foods the most delicious when served for dinner, but granola is a delicious meal or snack anytime.

In a bowl with milk and fresh, sweet berries for breakfast, in the form of a bar for a snack on-the-go, or — my personal favorite — in a bowl or small bag, simply eaten out of hand.

To this day, it’s a treat when I make granola for my dad — and I’m sure he often eats it “late-night,” at the same breakfast room table. :-)

What’s your ideal “late-night-snack?”  Please tell me in the comments below — I really want to know!

Apple Roasted Cinnamon Granola

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Makes about 5-1/2 cups


3 cups peeled apples, cut into a small dice (I like using Fuji)

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons golden brown sugar, divided

1-1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon, divided

2 cups oats

1 cup almond meal

1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoons sea salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, toss the apples with 1/4 cup of the brown sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon.
  3. Evenly coat the parchment-lined baking sheet with the apple mixture and roast them in the preheated 350 degree F oven until they are very aromatic and slightly softened, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add the roasted apples to a large mixing bowl and save the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Add the oats, almond meal, melted butter, vanilla, salt, the remaining brown sugar, and the remaining cinnamon to the apple mixture and stir to blend all of the ingredients evenly.
  6. Pour the entire mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and use your hands or a flat-bottomed metal spatula to flatten out the mixture. It should be about 1/2-inch thick and cover most of the sheet.
  7. Roast in the preheated 350 degree F oven until it's a dark golden brown, about 30 minutes. Then use a a flat-bottomed spatula to turn the mixture over (more or less, mixing it). Roast for another 10 minutes or so, until all of it is a dark, golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. Then you can use your hands to break it apart into bite-sized pieces.


Granola also makes for a fantastic gift! Just fill a nice jar and tie a ribbon around it.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanne @JollyTomato December 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Beautiful! Granola is absolutely my ideal breakfast. I like it spooned over some Greek yogurt, or sometimes just “out of hand” when I’m on the run. Will have to try this!


valentina December 27, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Thanks, Jeanne — I love it with Greek yogurt, too!


jacquie December 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

granola certainly works for me in terms of a late night snack though i must confess that i pair mine w/ some fruit and ice cream rather than milk.


valentina December 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Jacquie — I love how you think!


sippitysup December 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I’ve never made granola before but I was recently gifted a a jar of homemade granola from Joy The Baker and now know that there is no comparison to the boxed stuff. GREG


valentina December 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm

awesome gift!


amee December 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I absolutely love granola…any kind. i don’t ever say no to granola. the picture is beautiful, V!


Natural Granola May 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Nice post. Granolas are a good treat – even during the night. Thanks for sharing.


Erin October 22, 2013 at 12:09 am

This is in my oven right now. I added ground cardamom to the apples before I roasted them, as well as to the final granola mixture, and it smells amazing. I had a little taste of it before I baked it, and I think it will come out very well. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. ^_^


valentina October 22, 2013 at 4:26 am

Thanks so much, Erin! I hope your house is filling up with the aromatic spices and that you love it! :-)


Katie January 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Wondering how long its good for in airtight container? Should it be stored on the counter? Sounds awesome.


valentina January 13, 2014 at 4:40 am

Hi Katie, It should be good in an airtight container for a few days — actually long, but it will loose some of its crunch as time goes by. When it becomes softer, I just “toast” it for a few minutes on a baking sheet in a hot oven (about 400 degrees F). Keep it in a cook dark place. :-) Enjoy!


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