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Homemade Apple Granola Recipe

Here’s a simple recipe that you can use to make your own apple granola breakfast cereal. You can use organic and/or vegetarian ingredients if you wish, and substitute other goodies to suit your taste. Plus, you’ll save tons of money by making your own!

A bowl of apple granola with a fresh apple in the background.

Here’s the basic recipe for my favorite granola blend. Your kitchen will smell like homemade apple pie while you’re baking it!

This granola makes a satisfying, filling breakfast served with milk and is also great sprinkled over Greek yogurt.

Recipe Variations

Feel free to adjust this easy apple granola recipe to suit your own tastes. You might like to experiment with other dried fruits such as:

  • Dried cherries (my personal favorite)
  • Dates
  • Currants
  • Apricots
  • Pineapple
  • Craisins
  • Banana Chips
  • Coconut

You can also vary the nuts and seeds, such as:

  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)

Extra Crunchy Homemade Granola

If you like crunchy clusters in your granola, add 2 tablespoons of water to the mixture and squeeze the clusters together with your hands prior to baking.

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A bowl of apple granola with a fresh apple in the background.

Homemade Apple Granola

Eliza Cross
Homemade apple granola is full of delicious ingredients like rolled oats, dried apples, almonds, wheat germ, and honey. It bakes in the oven in just 20 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 319 kcal


  • Large bowl
  • large rimmed baking pan


  • 4 cups organic rolled oats the old-fashioned kind, not the instant or quick-cook type
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chopped blanched almonds
  • 3 tablespoons butter or substitute canola oil for the vegan version
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2/3 cup honey or substitute maple syrup or packed brown sugar for the vegan version
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • Grease a large cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and spread on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice during the baking process.
  • Cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container. Makes about 5 cups, or 10 servings.


To best preserve its fresh flavor, store granola in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. 


Calories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 150mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 5gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 108IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg
Keyword crunchy granola, dried apples, granola
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A bowl and jar of homemade apple granola and a fresh apple.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites and 101 Things To Do With Bacon. She shares ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, time and money. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

15 thoughts on “Homemade Apple Granola Recipe”

  1. Hi there, I just discovered your website today via Little House in the Suburbs via Mother Earth News 🙂 I love your blog posts. I actually wanted to make granola this week and had it in my meal plan, but then when I stumbled across your recipe, I decided to make it then and there. It’s yummy! My little 6 year old loves it and ate some tonight after being sick all day and not eating anything. Thanks for the great recipe. I’m going to try the pitas next!

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  3. Wow! Great Blog in here.. Lovin’ the simple recipe as well as easy to make with those ingredients listed above. Looks delicious not oly that it can provide some good effect to the body because f its content.

    This is the kind foos or recipe that i want to eat or even try.. Nice! thanks for the this!.. 😀

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  7. Cool….i just love learning new things, thanks for the good instruction that i have found here.

  8. I’ve been making my own yogurt for years, but never knew about straining it. I have just followed your steps to straining it and wow! Love it. Thank you.

  9. The granola is yummy! I won’t be paying the high price tag anymore at the store for ready-made! Thank you for sharing.


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