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Apple Sunflower Granola

This is a bit of a two-part recipe – the apples come first, then the apple sunflower granola. Fall is here – preserve all you can!

Dried Apples are incredibly easy to make, and so delicious to snack on. Especially if you use a “premium” apple such as a Honey Crisp. The final product depends on what you put into it – a great apple makes an even tastier dried apple.

Apple Sunflower Granola


  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, ground
  • 6 Tbsp sunflower or avocado oil
  • 6 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup dried apples, chopped


Preheat oven to 300°.

Mix oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.

Put oats and sunflower seeds in a large mixing bowl, pour oil mixture over, stir to coat. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet.

Bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Let cool fully on counter, stirring a few times, to break up granola. When cool, stir in apple pieces.

Store in an airtight container. Use within a week or two for best taste, especially in high humidity.

Makes about 5 cups.