healthy no-stir applesauce granola

Homemade Applesauce Granola

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: about 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This healthy granola recipe uses applesauce for sweetness and bakes at a lower temperature to lower the risk of burning around the edges!


  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil (like canola or coconut; if using coconut, melt it first)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. If using cashews or walnuts, chop in a blender or food processor.
  3. Stir all ingredients together well in a medium bowl. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until lightly golden brown. (You can stir halfway through if you’re around but it’s optional!)
  4. Remove from oven and let cool fully on the pan.


Store in airtight containers for up to 1 month or store in freezer containers or zip top freezer bags for up to 3 months in the freezer.

To make this without nuts, use sunflower seeds.

Use unsweetened, smooth applesauce.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or foil to prevent sticking and for easy clean up.

Use sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts to avoid choking hazards for kids.

Grind the cooled granola in a food processor to make granola “sprinkle” for little kids.

Serve over yogurt or cottage cheese, or anyway you like it.

To make this granola gluten-free, use certified gluten-free rolled oats.

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