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Apple Cider Pecan Granola

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Full of fall flavors my Apple Cider Pecan Granola is easy to make, keeps for a few days, and makes a great snack or topping for yogurt.

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Granola spilling out of a glass jar.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Taylor & Colledge, Millican Pecan, Dixie Crystals, and Republic of Tea for #FallFlavors week. All opinions are my own.

Ingredients

  • Oats
  • Pecans (from Millican Pecan)
  • Boiling Water
  • Hot Apple Cider Tea (From Republic of Tea)
  • Coconut
  • Honey
  • Oat crackers (from Nairn’s)
  • Vanilla Bean Paste (From Taylor & Colledge)
  • Sugar (from Dixie Crystals)
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Photo of ingredients for granola.

How do you make granola?

Making granola takes patience and time. From start to finish my apple cider pecan granola takes about 2 hours, maybe a bit longer to cool down enough to store it or package it up for gift giving. 

When making granola you have to stir it occasionally as it bakes. This keeps it from burning. Here’s a tip you’re going to want to heed…when you stir it remove it from the oven. Why? Because you don’t want to spill the oats, nuts, and coconut onto the bottom of your oven. It’s messy, will burn and you can’t clean it up while the oven is hot. 

Just take the baking sheet out and stir it on a cooling rack on the counter. You’ll be glad you did. Trust me on this!

With some granola recipes you get clumps of granola but this recipe is looser. I happy to enjoy both. This has a chewier texture which makes it the perfect topping.

Overhead photo of granola on yogurt in a glass dish.

How can I use granola?

There are so many ways to use granola beside the aforementioned snacking and yogurt topping. Here are some other ways to try:

  • Topping for a fruit crisp
  • As part of a trail mix
  • Topping for pudding
  • In place of croutons in a salad
  • Before baking muffins top the batter with it and bake for a nice streusel-like topping
  • Top a vegetable gratin with granola after baking
  • Make chocolate granola bark

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More Granola Recipes

If you’re like my family you LOVE granola! We snack on it, eat it with milk like cereal and use it to top yogurt parfaits. 

Apple Cider Pecan Granola Recipe

Granola spilling out of a glass jar.

Apple Cider Pecan Granola

Yield: About 8 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Apple Cider Pecan Granola is perfect for snacking or as part of a yogurt parfait.

Ingredients

  • 2 Hot Apple Cider tea bags, I used the Republic of Tea
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups whole pecans, I used Millican Pecan
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup sugar, I used Dixie Crystals
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste, I used Taylor & Colledge
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Steep Hot Apple Cider tea bags in boiling water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine oats, pecans, and coconut. Discard tea bags.
  2. Stir honey, vegetable oil, sugar, vanilla bean paste, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg into tea. Pour tea mixture over oat mixture and mix well to coat.
  3. Spread evenly in a 15x10-in. a rimmed pan that has been greased with butter. Bake until golden brown, stirring every 20 to 30 minutes, about 1 hour. Cool completely without stirring; store in an airtight container.

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Christie

Sunday 17th of October 2021

I love granola but I always fail in making it. I will be trying this recipe. It sounds delish! And perfect as a snack or topping for yogurt. Or ice cream.

Amy Nash

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Love this granola so much! We made fruit and yogurt parfaits with vanilla yogurt and apples and this granola and it was heaven!

Radha

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Amazing recipe! Loved it! They are great as such and as toppings!

Jennifer

Friday 17th of September 2021

I love making homemade granola and this one is going on my must make list! Love all the pecans in it too.

Amy (Savory Moments)

Friday 17th of September 2021

This is such a creative way to use apple cider tea! I bet it adds such a lovely flavor and aroma to this granola.

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