Apple Almond Granola

Time to go traipsing. Through forests covered in thick layers of moss. At least this is how I feel after the rainy weekend we’ve had in Austin. My longing for outdoor days is awakening. We’ve had such heat these past months, and with the promise of a cooler season, I’m rummaging my house for outdoor gear.

This is what I want to be doing. Wearing a white dress with a classic pair of wellies. There are ample creeks and rivers within miles of our home, and I know they’d welcome me. I’d bring myself, long legged and still pitifully pale. Run, walk, splash. This is how fall is meant to be done.

And to make a day even better, I’d find an apple orchard somewhere in Austin. I don’t think these exist here (much to my dismay) but in my dream world, they do. I’d pick a pound or two, and then cut them into paper thin slices, which would later rest on the racks of a dehydrator until they were ready to be chopped and added to this apple almond granola.

Because outdoor weather calls for outdoor fare, I can think of nothing better than a bag of granola to keep me satiated as I explore. This apple almond granola is full of the good stuff–flaxseeds, oats, sunflower seeds, honey, dried apples, and a heap of almond butter. Simple, satisfying, and sure to keep your body strong.

Not only is this apple almond granola perfect for outdoor hiking, but for school and work too. I keep a bag with me wherever I go, and you can often find me with a few granola crumbs on my shirt (embarrassing but true).

So while I order this season’s pair of Hunter wellies. You make this granola. I have a glass jar in my kitchen that I keep stocked year round, and I’m happy to be moving into more fall-inspired granola recipes. What I like most about this apple almond granola is how well it clumps together (a granola making win thanks to an ample helping of almond butter!). And then, of course, anything with apples makes me smile. And it will make you, your little ones, and your friends smile too.

Apple Almond Granola

1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup dried apples
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup raw, organic honey
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Mediterranean sea salt

1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Farenheit. Set aside two large cookie sheets.

2. In a large bowl, mix together almond, walnuts, rolled oats, coconut flakes, and flax seeds. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pour wet ingredients over oat mixture. Stir with a large wooden spoon or spatula. Divide between two cookie sheets, spreading into a thin layer.

3. Bake in oven for 30-50 minutes (this is a matter of granola preference…the longer you leave it in, the crisper it becomes). Once removed from oven, add in chopped dried apples. Allow to cool completely before storing in a glass container.

Monet

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34 thoughts on “Apple Almond Granola

  1. rita cooks italian

    Hi Monet! Nice to meet you. First, I like your blog and LOVE TEXAS (amazing landscapes). I like granola, but it’s quite expensive here in the UK, so I really appreciate this nice and fresh recipe. (oh, by the way I use very often my wellies since I moved to London 10 years ago…)

  2. Mary

    This granola sounds soooo good! I love the addition of dried apples and I’m with you in liking it best when everything clumps together. Have a blessed day!

  3. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    This is a fabulous recipe! I ate homemade granola for breakfast this morning and I absolutely love trying new recipes for it. I’m amazed that I’ve never tried apple granola and this just sounds brilliant! I have a difficult time getting my granola to clump, so I’m definitely going to follow your recipe next go-round because it looks like you’ve been more successful with the clumping, lol. Thanks for a great recipe! (And cute hunter boots…I’d love to traipse around in a dress and hunter boots too!)

  4. RavieNomNoms

    This looks amazing Monet!! Like really amazing. I have never tried drying my own apples but we have SO many orchards around us, I just have to do that now. Thank you so much for the idea!

  5. Eileen

    Apple granola sounds amazing! I know what to do with the first apples at the farmer’s market. :) I don’t think there are apple orchards in Austin either, but I bet you can find some u-pick peach orchards–Texas peaches, right?

  6. Anna

    This looks like a delicious and cosy granola.. yummm! Thanks for stopping by my blog – great to be in touch with someone passionate about baking too! :D

  7. Wendy Irene

    Monet,
    I have to say just reading the recipe, I LOVE it! It is super healthy and sounds divine. Apple, maple syrup and cinnamon…yum! We are just about to move and I am so excited to get into my new kitchen. Granola is going to be on the top of my to-make list. I would love to give your recipe to my kids for breakfast. It is so much healthier than cereal. Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. Sarah

    I cannot wait to make this. So many store bought granola mixes are just so blah, and now that I’ve gone gluten-free, my choices are even further limited. I have heaps of almond butter and apple chips at home that I think I’ll throw into this beautiful recipe. And, because I have most of my ingredients on hand, I can put some money towards those wellies. :)

  9. Jeanne

    I make granola every week, and this sounds like a perfect addition to the granola rotation! We could certainly use some rain around here, too. I hope you have a lovely Thursday, my friend!

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