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Begin your morning with the wholesome goodness of homemade apple granola. Combining the natural sweetness of apples with hearty oats and a touch of spice, this Small Batch Apple Granola recipe is not only simple to whip up but also serves as a delightful, nutritious option for your busy mornings or as a quick snack during the day.

Why You’ll Love This Apple Granola Recipe

  • Portion Control: This small batch recipe prevents waste and ensures freshness in every bite.
  • Flavorful: A balance of sweet and tart flavors from the fresh apple, sweeteners, and spices make this granola incredibly tasty.
  • Versatile: This granola can be enjoyed on its own, with milk or yogurt, or as a topping on various dishes.

What Is Granola?

Granola is a classic breakfast food or snack commonly made with melted butter or oil, rolled oats, chopped nuts, a sweetener like maple syrup or honey, and sometimes fruit.

Fresh Apple Granola is a twist on traditional granola that includes chopped fresh apples as one of its core ingredients. The apple adds a delicious natural sweetness and moistness to the granola, complimenting the crunchiness of oats and nuts. With the comforting flavors of apple, cinnamon, and vanilla, it’s a perfect fall-inspired snack, breakfast, or topping.

an overflowing jar of apple granola next to a spilled jar of granola on a table.

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Ingredients

apple granola ingredients on a kitchen counter.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Oats: Use old-fashioned rolled oats. If you’d like to make gluten-free granola, be sure to use gluten-free oats. I do not recommend using quick oats.
  • Coconut: Use unsweetened shredded coconut.
  • Nuts and seeds: I use chopped walnuts and chopped almonds. Feel free to switch up the nuts you use in your version. Consider using cashews, pecans, or pumpkin seeds.
  • Brown sugar: Use light or dark brown sugar. If you don’t have brown sugar in your pantry, make your own with our easy brown sugar recipe.
  • Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice: These warm flavors of fall are perfect in apple granola. These spices are what make this granola taste just like apple pie!
  • Butter: Salted butter is what I use, you can use coconut oil instead.
  • Maple syrup: You can use honey, agave, or brown rice syrup instead of maple syrup.
  • Salt and vanilla extract: For flavor.
  • One apple: Peel or leave the apple unpeeled.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

Recipe Variations

If you’re looking to switch things up, try any of these fantastic recipe variations. These simple alterations to our easy Apple Granola recipe retain the integrity of the original while adding a fresh twist.

  • Apple Cinnamon Raisin Granola: Add a handful of raisins to the granola mixture before the last 10 minutes of baking for an extra burst of sweetness.
  • Apple Granola with Seeds: Swap out the nuts with a mix of your favorite seeds, such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds, for a nut-free version.
  • Apple Granola with Chocolate Chips: Add some dark chocolate chips after the granola has cooled for a chocolatey twist.
  • Spiced Apple Granola: Add an extra pinch of nutmeg or cardamom along with the other spices for an extra kick of flavor.

These granola variations let you adjust the recipe to your liking, making your homemade apple granola a delightful, personal treat. Enjoy it as a quick breakfast, an on-the-go snack, or a crunchy addition to your favorite dishes.

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How To Make Apple Granola

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make apple granola. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, chopped almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
unbaked granola in a large mixing bowl.
  1. In a small pot on medium heat, melt the butter and stir in maple syrup and salt. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.
melted butter, maple syrup and vanilla in a small pot on a counter.
  1. Pour the butter/syrup mixture over the oats and nuts mixture and stir until well blended.
melted butter and maple syrup poured over a bowl of oats and nuts.
  1. Fold in the diced apples.
fresh chopped apples in a bowl of unbaked granola.
  1. Pour onto a rimmed sheet pan and spread the granola mixture across the entire pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Pro Tip: You will need to bake the granola for a total of 40 minutes, removing the pan from the oven to stir the granola every 10 minutes.

unbaked apple granola on a rimmed baking sheet.
  1. Remove from the oven and stir the granola to encourage even toasting. Place the baking sheet back in the oven to bake for another 10 minutes.

Pro Tip: It’s important to spread the granola well. There is a lot of moisture in the granola from the chopped apples. Spread the granola evenly so that the granola bakes up crispy.

stirring granola on a baking sheet.
  1. Continue to bake the granola, removing the pan every 10 minutes and stirring the granola it has baked for a total of 40 minutes.
stirring unbaked granola on a sheet pan.
  1. Remove from the oven, cool, and then transfer the granola to a container to store.
baked apple granola cooling on a baking sheet.

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Expert Tips

  • Use this fresh apple granola recipe as a guideline for basic granola and customize it as you’d like. As long as you keep the ingredient amounts the same, it’s fine to substitute just about any nuts and dried fruits.
  • If you like big clusters of nuts and oats press the oats mixture into little 1-inch ovals for the first 10 minutes of baking.
  • Be sure to let the granola cool before eating or transferring it into a jar.
  • The granola may soften after a day. To get the granola crispy again, spread the granola out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 300°F for 7-8 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Homemade Granola Cheaper?

Making your own homemade granola is definitely cheaper than store-bought granola.

Can I Use Quick Oats In This Granola Recipe?

Although I don’t recommend using quick oats in granola recipes, you can use them. The cook time will be much less and the granola will not have as much texture as it would if you use rolled oats.

Can This Recipe Be Doubled?

Yes. If you’d like to make a large batch of granola, double the ingredient amounts in this recipe.

Can I Make This Granola Vegan?

Yes, you can make this granola vegan by using coconut oil or vegan butter.

Can I Make This Granola Gluten-Free?

Yes, you can make this granola gluten-free by using gluten-free oats.

Apple granola on a baking sheet with a bowl of fresh apples, a small bowl of oats, and measuring spoons in the background.

Serving Suggestions

  • Yogurt Parfait: Layer your apple granola with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit slices for a balanced and filling breakfast. The creaminess of yogurt perfectly complements the crunchy granola.
  • Smoothie Bowl: Sprinkle a generous amount of apple granola on top of a smoothie bowl for added texture and a burst of apple flavor. Popular smoothie base flavors like berry or banana work well with the apple granola.
  • Oatmeal Topping: Elevate your regular oatmeal bowl by adding a crunch with your homemade apple granola. This makes for a hearty, high-fiber breakfast option that keeps you full longer.
  • Ice Cream Enhancer: Serve the apple granola as a topping on vanilla or cinnamon ice cream for a delectable dessert experience. The cold creaminess of ice cream pairs wonderfully with the crunchy, spiced granola.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Discover More Small Batch Granola Recipes

  • Butter Pecan Granola: Craving something nutty and buttery? Our Butter Pecan Granola is your go-to. It’s a delightful mix of pecans, rich butter, and just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Gingerbread Granola: Spice up your granola game with our Gingerbread Granola. This variant is loaded with warming spices like ginger and cinnamon that make it perfect for the holidays or any cozy morning.
  • Pumpkin Spice Granola: Ideal for autumn or anytime you’re in the mood for fall flavors, our Pumpkin Spice Granola combines pumpkin seeds, aromatic spices, and that unmistakable pumpkin essence for a seasonally inspired treat.

Elevate your granola experience with these exceptional small batch flavors. Each offers its own unique taste and texture, making your breakfast or snack time far from ordinary.

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Small Batch Apple Granola

5 from 13 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Fresh apple granola made with one apple! Perfectly spiced with touches of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Tastes just like apple pie!

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced apples (about 1 large apple)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, chopped almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
  • In a small pot on medium heat, melt the butter and stir in maple syrup and salt. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  • Pour the butter/syrup mixture over the oats and nuts mixture and stir until well blended.
  • Fold in the diced apples.
  • Pour onto a rimmed sheet pan lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking liner and spread the granola mixture across the entire pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
    Pro Tip: You will need to bake the granola for a total of 40 minutes, removing the pan from the oven to stir the granola every 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and stir the granola to encourage even toasting. Place the baking sheet back in the oven to bake for another 10 minutes.
    Pro Tip: It's important to spread the granola well. There is a lot of moisture in the granola from the chopped apples. Spread the granola evenly so that the granola bakes up crispy.
  • Continue to bake the granola, removing the pan every 10 minutes and stirring the granola it has baked for a total of 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, cool, and then transfer the granola to a container to store.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Use this fresh apple granola recipe as a guideline for basic granola and customize it as you’d like. As long as you keep the ingredient amounts the same, it’s fine to substitute just about any nuts and dried fruits.
  • If you like big clusters of nuts and oats press the oats mixture into little 1-inch ovals for the first 10 minutes of baking.
  • Be sure to let the granola cool before eating or transferring it into a jar.
  • The granola may soften after a day. To get the granola crispy again, spread the granola out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 300°F for 7-8 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 379kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 126mg, Potassium: 257mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 193IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. This is SO delicious. I love that you put fresh apples in it! I usually put dried fruit in my granola but have never thought to add fresh in. I loved it.

  2. So we went apple picking last weekend, and I have been looking for apple recipes. This one came at the perfect time.

  3. Fun!! I have never thought to use fresh apples in my granola. We make granola all the time and I am always looking for new granola ideas! This is so perfect for this time of year.

    1. I started out thinking I would use dried apples in this recipe but forgot them at the store. The fresh apples were all I had and I’m so glad because I think it’s better this way. Thanks, Erin!