No-Oat Crunchy Apple Almond Granola

Ditch the oats, embrace the almonds! This easy, delicious granola is packed with flavor and perfect for breakfast or snacks.
February 1, 2024
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I’m obsessed with homemade granola – it’s the perfect way to fuel my mornings and satisfy my sweet tooth. But what if I told you there’s a way to make granola without any oats? Yup, you heard that right! This recipe is all about the amazingness of almonds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds – and it’s SO good!

Bonus: I’m also giving you two recipes in one! First, we’ll make the delicious apple almond granola, then I’ll show you how to create a breakfast bowl that’s bursting with flavor and nutrients. Let’s get crackin’!

What You’ll Need For This Recipe:

For the Granola:

For the Breakfast Bowl:

  • Plant-based milk or your favorite milk
  • Dehydrated apple almond granola (you just made!)
  • Fresh berries, passion fruit, or any other fruits you love
  • Walnuts or other nuts (optional)
  • Dehydrator: I love my Magic Mill Dehydrator for its spacious trays and even drying. But any dehydrator will do!
  • Silicone Mats: These prevent sticking and make cleanup a breeze. Check out reusable baking mats 
  • Spatula: Any flexible spatula will help you spread the granola mixture evenly.

Q & A:

Q- Can I use oats in this recipe?

While the recipe is specifically designed to be oat-free, you can certainly add rolled oats to the mix if you prefer. If you do, I recommend using about 1 cup of rolled oats in place of some of the almonds or pumpkin seeds. Just be sure to adjust the dehydrating time accordingly, as oats will take longer to dry than the other ingredients.

Q- Can I use an oven to dehydrate the granola?

Yes, you can use an oven to dehydrate the granola, but it will take longer than using a dehydrator. Set your oven to its lowest setting (usually around 170°F) and leave the door slightly ajar to allow moisture to escape. It may take up to 12 hours for the granola to dry completely in the oven, so be patient!

Q- How else can I use this granola besides in milk?

This granola is versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways. Here are a few ideas:

  • Yogurt parfaits: Layer granola with yogurt, fresh fruit, and nuts for a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack.
  • Trail mix: Add granola to your favorite trail mix for a portable and energizing snack.
  • Baked goods: Use granola as a topping for muffins, cookies, or crumbles.
  • Ice cream topping: Granola adds a nice crunch and sweetness to ice cream.
  • Salad topper: Sprinkle granola on top of salads for added texture and flavor.

Q- Can I use honey or maple syrup instead of dates in this recipe?

Yes, you can use honey or maple syrup instead of dates in this recipe. However, keep in mind that honey and maple syrup are sweeteners, while dates also add fiber and nutrients to the granola. If you use honey or maple syrup, you may need to adjust the amount depending on how sweet you like your granola.

Crunchy, No-Oat Apple Almond Granola

This apple almond granola is a game-changer! It's:
Oat-free: Perfect for those with gluten sensitivities or who just want to try something different.
Packed with Flavor: Almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and spices create a delicious and satisfying mix.
Super Nutritious: Loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.Easy to Make: Just toss everything in a food processor and dehydrate!
Servings 6
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 14 hours


  • 1 cup raw almonds soaked for 4-6 hours
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 2 crisp apples
  • 1 orange zested and juiced
  • 8-10 Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup dried mulberries soaked for 5 minutes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp grated ginger optional
  • 1/4 tsp licorice salt or Himalayan salt


Make the Granola Base:

  • Soak your almonds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds for at least 4 hours and 10 minutes for (mulberries). Drain and toss them into a food processor with the orange juice, zest, spices and vanilla. Pulse until combined, but leave some texture.

Add the Fruity Fun:

  • In the same food processor, blend the dates, apple, mulberries.You want some chunky pieces, so don't overdo it! Combine this mixture with the almond base and stir well.

Dehydrate it Up:

  • Spread the mixture onto silicone sheets or parchment paper, using a spatula to make an even layer. You might need 3 sheets! Dehydrate for 8-10 hours, or until completely dry.

Breakfast Bowl Time!

  • Pour your favorite milk into a bowl and top with a generous helping of your homemade granola. Add fresh fruits, nuts, and any other toppings your heart desires. Enjoy!



  • Get creative with your mix-ins! Try adding raisins, goji berries, buckwheat groats, or your favorite dried fruits.
  • Make a big batch and store it in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 8 weeks.
  • Enjoy your granola warm or cold – both ways are delicious!
  • This recipe is easily doubled or tripled if you have a big family or love to share.
So there you have it, friends! Ditch the oats and embrace the amazingness of almond granola. You won’t be disappointed!
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Author: Marzi
Course: Breakfast, Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Almond granola, condimment, Granola, No oat almond apple granola, Snacks

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