Apple Granola with Walnuts – tastes like apple crisp!

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 recipe doesn’t have fresh apples in it, it still encompasses all those great flavors of fall. It 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) – stir together the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients, bake until crispy. You’ll add those chewy dried apples after it cools so they stay nice and chewy rather than getting steamy and soggy.

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 ice cream with a drizzle of caramel (try my bourbon caramel for an especially amazing treat!).

Once you try making homemade granola, you’re going to put it into your weekly rotation!

Apple Granola

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!

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  • 3 cups thick cut 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: 6 1/2 cups, Serving Size: 1/2 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 291 Calories
  • Total Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Protein: 6g
Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

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.

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  1. Hi Rachel! I just love granola…..I eat it several times a week with my yogurt and so I’m always looking for new recipes to keep it fresh! This looks fabulous and I’m heading over to grab the recipe. Your photography is just amazing, too! : )

  2. Every time I make a batch of granola at home, I like to try out a new recipe. Apple crisp is surely the next one. Sounds absolutely incredible. This is such a great addition to Rachel’s apple party! :)

  3. A great granola! Divine looking. I love the addition of dried apples.Cheers,Rosa

    Rating: 5
  4. I’m loving this apple party! And I just added this on my autumn “to-bake” list – can’t wait! :)

  5. You had me at apple, then crisp, then granola, absolutely looking forward to making this!

  6. Ooooh this does look delicious, Rach! In other news: I can’t wait to meet you in a little over a week!

  7. I wouldn’t think to add these two together, but it DOES make sense! Well done :)

  8. healthy and absolutely delicious!

  9. Ooh, this looks wonderful! I bet it’s awesome on top of greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream. Off to check out the recipe!

  10. this looks so super good! i really would put this on anything i could – this would make the start of my day so happy :)

  11. My two year old would go crazy for this, he’s a huge granola fan! This could be his ultimate breakfast :)

  12. I’m all for granola that gives me an apple crisp fix!

  13. Dessert for breakfast? Oh yes, I am so in!

  14. Sounds delish. A must try for sure.

  15. Looks amazing… going to check out the recipe right now!

  16. Oh yum! I am always making granola, so this will defintely be on my list to try!

  17. What a great granola! I am making granola today, I might have to make this one next time!

  18. So, you and I have a similar love for granola. I can’t wait to try this one!!

  19. Thanks so much for joining the party Rachel! I totally want to eat this with ice cream ha :)

  20. Looks so good Rachel!! I love this apple a day thing you’ve got goin’ on! Have a great weekend!

  21. LOVE this, Rachel! I’m all up in apples right now!!

  22. This looks SO good! What a great fall treat!!!

  23. I just found your blog through Taste of MI and love it! I recently moved from the west side of the state to the Detroit area and write a food/nutrition blog too. I love your blog and am now following : )

    • Great! Did you find out about Taste of MI through the MLive article? Where in the Detroit area are you? Sorry for the 20 questions. Oh but I have another! Would you be interested in hearing about future Taste of MI events?

      • No I saw it on Prevention RD blog. I am in Grosse Pointe Park and recently moved from Fennville which is near Saugatuck. I would definitely be interested in hearing about Taste of MI events. I had no idea that there were even any MI bloggers! I try to find them all the time but never found any until today : ). If you ever have anything on the East side of the state, I would be super interested in attending.

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