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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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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.