Novel Baking~ Triple-Apple Granola

Triple-Apple Granola

I’m back with another apple recipe for

apple week with The Novel Bakers.

Good things come in threes, so I decided to up the apple flavor from double to triple, when I spied Double-Apple Granola in Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine this month.


 I substituted applesauce for the oil called for in the recipe, as in my Pumpkin Granola, so my version of Apple Granola is a medley of three apple ingredients~ apple cider, dried apples and applesauce.


I made a few other changes, eliminating the sesame seeds, adding more nuts and a little more brown sugar than the recipe called for, 1/2 cup instead of 1/3 cup.


Triple-Apple Granola

Adapted from Cooking with Paula Deen, Sept/Oct 2013


3 cups apple cider

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3.9 ounce container natural applesauce

 2 tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 cups assorted chopped nuts~ almonds,  pecans, or walnuts

1 cup chopped dried apples


In a medium saucepan, bring apple cider to a boil over high heat; cook until cider is reduced to 1/2 cup, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, applesauce, 2 tablespoons of oil, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and salt.



Preheat oven to 300° F.


In a large bowl, combine oats with nuts. Pour cider mixture over oat mixture, and toss until evenly coated. Spread onto 2 rimmed baking sheets.


Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Stir in chopped dried apples, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more or until golden brown. Spread onto parchment paper, and let cool completely before transferring to an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Makes approximately 9 cups.

Use to top apple pie filling for an easy apple crisp, add to yogurt, ice cream, or add to your muffin mix.

You can find the original recipe for

Double-Apple Granola from Paula Deen, here.


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  22 comments for “Novel Baking~ Triple-Apple Granola

  1. October 17, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Sounds yummy and pretty darn healthy too Mary! Apples are on sale this week, but I’m leaning towards a fattened up pie! But then you could probably guess that already:@)

  2. October 17, 2013 at 6:10 am

    No doubt in my mind: I am pinning and MAKING this granola. I finally found some brown sugar (blend) substitute that I likes, and I am going to try it with this. It is everything I love all together in one granola. I’m definitely putting dried apple bits in there too.

  3. October 17, 2013 at 6:45 am

    We eat lots of granola in this household…great recipe that I will be making…and I love that apple cider jug!!…great recipe and very grand presentation!!..thanks Mary…have a great day!!

  4. October 17, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Good morning, Mary! Love granola, so I must try this recipe. I will also add dried cranberries to mine. Let you know how it turns out. Have a great fall day.🍂

  5. October 17, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I just froze some fresh pressed organic apple juice. I never thought about using it for granola, but this does sound wonderful. Love that apple cider jug. Have a great day!

  6. October 17, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Oh Mary, I wish I had a bowl full of that granola for my breakfast this morning. It would certainly start my day off with a triple punch of goodness. xo

  7. October 17, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Yum, I want some. I have been dehydrating apples like crazy and also making cider. I may need to whip up some granola next.

  8. Cheryl
    October 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Yum, yum yum…I really like granola and never eat it because it is so high in calories. Love your recipe with applesauce instead of oil thereby cutting that calorie count. I will surely give this a try. Your apple cup and saucers are just beautiful.

  9. October 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I just made granola this week, but while my recipe contained apples, it is far removed from this one. The addition of reduced cider rather intrigues me. I may give this a try. Thanks!

  10. Peggy Thal
    October 17, 2013 at 8:43 am


  11. October 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Oh, you’ve hit a hot button Mary, this looks really delicious, I want to make it soon ~ such a darling Cider jug, too. Your photos are stunning (as always.)
    If you have a moment, can you please tell us more about the dishes with the apple motive? If you’ve featured them before I must have missed it. Love those!

    • October 17, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Hi Mari~ The apple dishes and mug are a Johnson Brothers pattern, Fruit Sampler, that I found at an antique mall and have an odd assortment of. I have a pear plate and a peach saucer that are part of that pattern. I used them in my chicken feeder in my potting shed, here. The cider jug is decorative and was a HomeGoodsHappy Find :)

  12. October 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I’ve never made my own granola, but just might have to start with this recipe. Yummy! Love the darling apple dishes and that cider jug is pretty cute!

  13. paula
    October 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I bet that made your home smell wonderful !! On this rainy day in Indiana that would be yummy!
    I too think the apple dishes are so sweet!
    Have good day !

  14. October 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This sounds sooo good, thanks for the recipe!! I’ll have to give it a try! Have a lovely day! xx Holly

  15. October 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    this is so pretty and chock full of goodies, i saw it first thing on my phone and was smiling at 5am, just popped some cinnamon brownies in the oven and i have a few minutes to luxuriate in your BIG pics now!

    LOVING all your props, the towel, teacup and cider jar, they make everything extra festive~ i never thought of adding cider to granola, plus i am glad you didn’t throw paula out with the bath water~

    beautiful photos, thanks for the double dose of smiles today!

  16. October 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Yum, I never make granola but this makes me want to! I bet it is wonderful on yogurt~or anything! Your little cider jug is so cute and I love your apple cup full of different surprises :)

  17. Rattlebridge Farm
    October 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    My family will LOVE apple granola. It will be a healthy, delicious way to start the day (and keep MY doctor away from unhealthy buttered biscuits). I can just imagine the aromas in your kitchen! From the tea towels to the tea cups, every photo is a delight!

  18. October 19, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Hi Mary, I could eat a bowl of this granola right now! Sesame seeds do seem like an unusual addition to the apples so I like your substitutions. I can’t believe you found that charming jug in HGs. I don’t think we get all the good stuff here, or else I don’t have the “eye!” I am going to keep my eye open for those dishes! Linda

  19. October 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    What healthy deliciousness! :D

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