I know, I know, it’s not pumpkin. But I just became so inspired by my autumn food love post that I couldn’t help but concoct a new apple recipe of my own! What can I say? I’m easily influenced by food photos. So today we are meeting because of our mutual love for apples, cinnamon, and granola. Really, could anything be better at this time of year?
Granola is one of my favorite snacks. It’s so easy to make and even easier to eat. I am totally all about the snacks that don’t require dirtying more dishes. You just grab, shovel into the mouth, dust off hands, and continue merrily on your way. That is the kind of snack I dream about. And this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Granola checks alllll the boxes. It’s portable, sweet and savory, protein-packed, and easily shoved into the mouth. Trust me. It’s been tested. I’m only thinking of you.
I love making homemade granola because it’s SO EASY, and I know exactly what goes into it. It doesn’t contain any of those icky preservatives, unhealthy fats, or crazy amounts of refined sugar. For this apple cinnamon version, I’ve decided to use sunflower seeds, pecans, and quinoa as my extras because I feel all three complement the classic flavor really well. The pecans add a slight sweetness, the sunflower seeds give you a dash of savory, and the quinoa adds some nuttiness as well as tons of protein and crunch.
I’ve used almond butter in this recipe because it doesn’t overpower the cinnamon and apple flavor as much as peanut butter does. However, if you only have peanut butter, I won’t stop you from using that in its place — apple and peanut butter is also a winning combo! Honey is my chosen sweetener mostly because it was the first thing I grabbed, but I think it brings out the sweetness of the dried apples better than maple syrup or agave would. Again, feel free to change up the honey for maple syrup or agave if that’s what you prefer. This granola is completely adaptable to your taste!
Just one thing? Don’t leave out the coconut oil or egg white, okay? There’s only a quarter cup of oil in this recipe, and it’s a super healthy fat. The coconut oil adds a touch of richness and crunch to the granola that was seriously lacking without it. And the egg white binds the granola together. You know those little clumps of granola that you always save until last because you just know they’re going to be a carefully constructed explosion of flavor in your mouth? (<– run on sentence) Those amazing bits are created because of the egg white sticking it all together. No egg? No delightfully delicious clusters of apple-cinnamony goodness. How sad would that be? I’m sad just thinking about it.
If you’re as big a fan of apple cinnamon as I am, you need this granola in your life right now! If you prefer pumpkin, maple syrup, and almonds, you’re gonna want to check out my Maple Almond Granola. It’s da bomb. Munch on, friends!
3 cups rolled oats Try out our Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Granola recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How do you make Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Granola
1 cup pecans, very roughly chopped
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup dry, uncooked quinoa
1 tbsp + 1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
2/3 cup honey
½ cup almond butter
¼ cup coconut oil
1 egg white
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups loosely-packed dried apple, diced
3 cups rolled oats
Try out our Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Granola recipe and post your results below in the comments…