Fresh Apple Granola

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This fresh apple granola is spiced with cinnamon, and dressed up with tart cherries, slivered almonds and pumpkin seeds for crunch. Perfect for snacking or gift giving!

Fresh Apple Cinnamon Granola

Granola is such a great snack and makes great lunchbox additions.  Plus, it’s awesome for topping yogurt for a quick breakfast in the morning.  When I made this recipe using fresh apples, I was so happy with the outcome! Fresh apple granola, the perfect fall treat!


This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal, Nairn’s and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.


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This week, you are going to see all sorts of apple recipes from me!  Today, Fresh Apple Granola, Monday, you will get a recipe for Applesauce Coffee Cake and on Wednesday, a Copy Cat Dairy Queen Apple Pie Blizzard! I am participating in fun thing called Apple Week, with a bunch of food bloggers.  The group has been strategically set up and the whole week has been planned out by Carlee, from Cooking with Carlee.  She has done such a fantastic job coordinating and gathering amazing sponsors for us, and for YOU!! More on that in just a second.  Let’s talk about how easy this recipe is, and how AH-Mazing your kitchen smells when you make it!



What Do I Need to Make this Fresh Apple Granola?

  • quick oats, I love Bob’s Red Mill
  • slivered almonds
  • chopped apples, skins left on, I used Honey Crisp
  • dried tart cherries
  • pepitas (pumpkin seeds) I used the ones that are lightly salted
  • brown sugar, cinnamon, salt
  • honey, olive oil, vanilla


Fresh Apple Cinnamon Granola

In a big bowl, mix together: oats, apples, dried cherries, slivered almonds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds,) cinnamon and salt.


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Fresh Apple Cinnamon Granola

Mix it all together!


Fresh Apple Cinnamon Granola

On the stovetop in a small sauce pan, warm the brown sugar, honey, olive oil and vanilla, until sugar is dissolved.  Pour sugar mixture over oat mixture. Stir until all coated.



Rodelle - Vanilla

Thank you to Rodelle for sending this bottle of their gourmet pure vanilla!



Fresh Apple Cinnamon Granola

Spread granola over prepared cookie sheet and bake until dry and lightly golden.



Fresh Apple Cinnamon Granola

Doesn’t that look so tasty??


Ideas for Fresh Cinnamon Apple Granola:

  • place in cute jars and give as teachers gifts or hostess gifts
  • eat as a quick on the go snack
  • top yogurt, use in parfaits
  • top ice cream
  • add into trail mix
  • Sprinkle into pancake batter to give it a nice texture/crunch/level of flavor
  • eat it on salads


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Fresh Apple Cinnamon Granola

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Fresh Apple Granola

This fresh apple granola is spiced with cinnamon, and dressed up with tart cherries, slivered almonds and pumpkin seeds for crunch. Perfect for snack or gift giving!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fresh Apple granola
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 2 3/4 quick oats
  • 1 medium apple cored and diced, skin left on
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup pepitas pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 diced dried tart cherries
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a large cookie sheet with parchment.
  • In a large bowl, mix together apples, cherries, oats, almonds, pepitas, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the sugar, honey, vanilla and olive oil until sugar is just dissolved. Pour over oat mixture. Stir to coat. Spread onto prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until dry and lightly golden.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature before storing in an air tight container.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Sodium: 169mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 27g


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  1. Bookmarked! I absolutely love this recipe! My husband eats yogurt with granola everyday, so I’m going to surprise him with this fresh apple granola. This is a great fall recipe and I love the idea of giving this as gifts too.

  2. I love the addition of the fresh apples! Sometimes granola can get boring and monotonous. The addition of the fresh apples brings it to a whole other level! Ice cream and yogurt have never looked better!

  3. Yummm – found this recipe while searching for a homemade granola with fresh apple in it and i was definitely not disappointed. Delicious!

    Added in some coconut instead of the cherries as i’m not a huge cherry fan!

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