Apple Sunflower Granola

Apple Sunflower Granola contains chewy apples and crisp oats that make this a tasty breakfast recipe or trail mix when in the outdoor backpacking, hiking, or paddling.


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


Preheat oven to 300° F.

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 the 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.

Dried apples in a mason jar ready to be added to the apple sunflower granola

See here for dehydrating directions on apples.