Apple-Cinnamon Granola

"Ever since I realized I didn't have to buy granola in a box, I have experimented with different recipes. This is one of my favorites; the granola is great with yogurt or on top of vanilla ice cream." -Corrie Francis, Moraga, CA

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2005

  • Yield: 6 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)


  • 3 cups regular oats
  • 1 cup whole-grain toasted oat cereal (such as Cheerios)
  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped dried apple


Preheat oven to 250°.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well to combine.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup applesauce, honey, and brown sugar to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Pour applesauce mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in an even layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250° for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Stir in chopped apple.

Note: Store granola in an airtight container up to one week.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 196
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 5.8g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Protein: 4.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 35g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Iron: 2.2mg
  • Sodium: 128mg
  • Calcium: 28mg

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Apple-Cinnamon Granola recipe