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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This cinnamon toast crunch granola is reminiscent of my favorite childhood cereal. It’s loaded with sweet cinnamon flavor and good-for-you ingredients.

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Did you used to eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal when you were little? Or maybe you still eat it now! No judgement – I just made Ben a Cinnamon Toast Crunch cake for his birthday and it was wayyy too good to even describe.

Making that cake and munching on Cinnamon Toast Crunch reminded me of happy childhood times. I still love cinnamon flavor, and decided I needed to make a cinnamon packed granola recipe.

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Why you’ll love this cinnamon toast crunch granola

  • Packed with cinnamon flavor. The star of this granola is one spice – cinnamon! It will make your home smell like Christmas morning as you bake it.
  • Healthier than the breakfast cereal. This granola is much lower in sugar and higher in fiber than Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. It’s made with whole grains and has healthy fats from cashews.
  • Tastes like a warm hug. Cinnamon is such a comforting and warming spice. You’ll feel as if you’re being wrapped in a hug when you take a bite of this granola.
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How to make cinnamon toast crunch granola

  • Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix together wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Pour wet into dry ingredients, and mix to combine well.
  • Press granola into a single layer on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake until golden brown, and let cool before breaking into clusters.

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • Don’t mix the granola at all while it is baking. This way, you’ll end up with big clusters to eat.
  • Use old fashioned rolled oats (certified gluten free if needed). The texture of quick or steel cut oats is not ideal for granola recipes in general.
  • Keep an eye on the granola during the last few minutes of baking. It can turn from golden brown to burnt pretty quickly.

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: about 6 cups 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Description

This cinnamon toast crunch granola is reminiscent of my favorite childhood cereal. It’s loaded with cinnamon flavor, but with good-for-you ingredients.


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (certified gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice crisp cereal
  • 1/2 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine oats, brown rice crisps, cashews, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix together well.
  5. Spread granola into a single even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant. 
  7. Let granola cool completely, then use your hands to break into large clusters.


Notes

  • Store in an airtight container. Can be kept at room temperature.

Keywords: cinnamon toast crunch granola, healthy granola, vegan, gluten free

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Healthy Apple Pear Crisp (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This healthy apple pear crisp is the best fall dessert that everyone will love. It’s filled with cinnamon, oats, pecans, and fresh fall fruit.

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When it comes to dessert, I go one of two ways. It’s either allllll the chocolate, or a combination of warm fruit and crust/crisp plus cold vanilla ice cream. Every time I eat fruit crisp warm from the oven, it trumps chocolate in that moment.

This apple pear crisp tastes decadent, but it’s healthy enough you could eat it for breakfast! There is no refined sugar and it’s minimally sweetened with maple syrup. Also, the fruit and oats add fiber, and pecans and almond flour add healthy monounsaturated fats.

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How to make healthy apple pear crisp

I combined two of my favorite fall fruits, apples and pears, in this dessert. I left the skin on because I don’t mind it, and that’s where most of the fiber lives, but feel free to peel your fruit if you’d like!

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  • Slice apples and pears very thin.
  • Mix fruit with cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix dry ingredients for the crisp topping.
  • Add the wet ingredients and combine.
  • Pour fruit into a baking dish, and top with crisp in an even layer.
  • Bake and then enjoy with your favorite vanilla ice cream!
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Why you’ll love this healthy apple pear crisp recipe

  • It’s super easy to make. Apple crisp is much simpler to make from scratch than apple pie, but still has similar flavor and is just as delicious. This recipe doesn’t require peeling the fruit, which makes it even simpler!
  • It tastes (and smells) like holidays at home with family. This crisp is filled with cinnamon, ginger, apples, and pears, which warms your home with the sweetest aroma as it bakes. It’s the perfect dessert to serve at Thanksgiving.
  • Filled with nourishing ingredients. This dessert is low in added sugar and fat, so you won’t feel weighed down after eating it. It really is healthy enough to have for breakfast! (Highly recommended).
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Healthy Apple Pear Crisp (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: baking

Description

This healthy apple pear crisp is the best fall dessert that everyone will love. It’s filled with cinnamon, oats, pecans, and fresh fall fruit.


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Ingredients

Fruit Filling

  • 3 small apples, sliced very thin (I used Mac apples)
  • 2 Bosc pears, sliced very thin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Crisp Layer

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

 

  • Your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream, for serving 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8″x8″ ceramic baking dish with cooking oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sliced fruit, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Mix to combine, and add to prepared baking dish.
  3. Mix together oats, almond flour, pecans, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Add maple syrup and coconut oil, and stir to combine to form the crisp topping.
  5. Spread crisp topping in an even layer over the fruit.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until fruit is soft and fork tender, and bubbling up around the edges.
  7. Let cool slightly before serving.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


Notes

  • Keep covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Reheats well in the oven.

Keywords: healthy apple pear crisp, thanksgiving desserts, vegan, gluten free

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Healthy Peach Blueberry Crisp (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This peach blueberry crisp is vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened only with maple syrup, but it is the most delicious summertime dessert everyone will love!

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Cobblers, crisps, and crumbles are some of my absolute favorite desserts, especially in the summertime! The combination of sweet warm fruit, crunchy cinnamon-y topping, and cold vanilla ice cream is just irresistible.

My family makes this cobbler multiple times a summer, and I wanted to create a similar recipe that my people with dietary restrictions could enjoy! This final recipe is a peach blueberry crisp instead of a cobbler, but I promise it is just as satisfying.

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What’s the difference between peach blueberry crisp, crumble, and cobbler?

I had to look this one up myself as I was naming this recipe, and thought it interesting to share! These three desserts all have a similar base of warm baked fruit, but the difference is in the topping.

  • A crisp topping contains oats, in addition to other ingredients like cinnamon, flour, butter, and sugar.
  • A crumble topping is very similar to a crisp topping, except it doesn’t have usually oats. Crumbles have a streusel-like topping made of mostly flour, sugar, and butter.
  • A cobbler is the least similar of the three. To make cobbler, you drop biscuits onto the fruit before baking it.

Which one is your favorite? Crisp, crumble, or cobbler?

Ingredients in this Peach Blueberry Crisp

This recipe is so easy to make, and only uses ten plant-based, gluten free ingredients! You probably already have a lot of these ingredients in your pantry.

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Healthy Peach Blueberry Crisp (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: dessert

Description

  • This peach blueberry crisp is vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened only with maple syrup, but it is the most delicious summertime dessert everyone will love!

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Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe peaches, sliced and then slices cut in half
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch (to thicken the fruit, optional)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup raw nuts (I used pecans and slivered almonds)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 T melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp maple syrup, divided
  • Your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8″x8″ baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine chopped peaches, blueberries, corn starch, and 1 tbsp maple syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir together until corn starch evenly coats the fruit.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine oats, coconut, almond flour, nuts, cinnamon, salt, coconut oil, and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Stir together until well combined.
  4. Pour fruit mixture into the baking dish in an even layer. Then pour crisp topping onto the fruit, spreading into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling up around the edges.
  6. Let cool completely before slicing, if you want the fruit to be set from the cornstarch. You can reheat individual portions. If you don’t mind a messier dessert, dig in!
  7. Top with a scoop favorite vegan vanilla ice cream when serving.


Notes

  • Swap out the fruit based on your preferences…other berries would be delicious.
  • Keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Keywords: peach blueberry crisp, healthy peach blueberry crisp, vegan, gluten free

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