Apple granola that tastes like apple crisp is a breakfast win no matter how you look at it! You’ll love the contrast of the crispy oats to the chewy dried apples. Make it today because it’s going to become your favorite!

apple granola photo, overhead view

Did you know that Rachel of Baked by Rachel is having an “Apple Party”?  When she asked me to participate, how could I say no? Apples scream fall and I love everything about fall. Apples, apple cider, donuts, hay rides, pumpkin everything, and especially that crisp feeling in the air. Perfection, if you ask me.

Plus, Rachel was so kind to participate in my Pancake Party–I had to return the favor! Although this apple granola recipe doesn’t include fresh apples, it still encompasses all those great flavors of fall. Apple granola with walnuts tastes like you’re eating a bowl of apple crisp–for breakfast!

apple granola, close up view

How to make this Apple Granola:

You make apple granola like any other granola. It’s just like this homemade granola recipe with pecans and almonds. 

Basically, for any granola, you stir together the dry ingredients: rolled oats, seeds and nuts,  wheat germ, coconut, etc. in a really big bowl. Add cinnamon, too!

Mix the wet ingredients: oil, honey, maple syrup, vanilla and/or brown sugar if the recipe calls for it. Add the wet ingredients to the oat mixture and stir, stir, stir until everything is coated. 

Spread the granola on a large baking sheet and bake until crispy, stirring occasionally. Add the dried apples (or any other dried fruit) after the granola cools so they stay nice and chewy.

With this apple granola with walnuts and cinnamon, you’ll feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast, and I promise, you’re not going to be mad about it!

If you want to eat dessert for dessert, try this granola sprinkled on top of vanilla ice cream or homemade vanilla pudding with a drizzle of caramel (try my bourbon caramel for an especially amazing treat!). Or make actual apple crisp! I love this apple crisp with ginger.

Once you try making homemade granola, you’re going to put it into your weekly rotation! It’s so easy to make and you can customize it as much as you like. And it’s so much fresher tasting than store bought.

More granola recipes:

In addition to this apple granola and the granola with pecans I mention above, I have lots more recipes for granola: 


Apple Granola

Apple Granola

Yield: 6 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Apple granola that tastes like apple crisp is a breakfast win no matter how you look at it! You'll love the contrast of the crispy oats to the chewy dried apples.


  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped dried apples


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment or Silpat. In a large bowl, stir together oats, walnuts, coconut, wheat germ, ground flax seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. In separate small bowl, stir together brown sugar, canola oil, honey and vanilla.
  3. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until everything is well coated.
  4. Spread granola in an even layer over the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and then bake for 15-20 minutes longer until golden brown.
  5. Let cool completely. Stir in dried apples.
  6. Store in airtight container.


  • Serving size: 1/2 cup.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 13 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 5gSugar: 17gProtein: 5g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Verdict: Apple crisp is my favorite dessert, so it’s no surprise that I love this apple granola, too.
Husband’s take: Ben loves it when I have granola on hand for breakfast.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but I’m always dreaming up a new granola recipe!
Difficulty: Very easy! You got this.