Fall is the season for my favorite morning treat: Breakfast Apple Crisp made with homemade granola and sautéed apples. Healthy and heart-warming!

Apple Season

There is a lot to love about fall, but one of my favorite things is that it is also apple season. These days I know that most people associate fall with pumpkin spice. And I do enjoy my fair share of that popular flavor. But as with most things, I prefer to go with what is natural and truly in season. So in the fall, give me all the apples! I like them crisp and tart and served all kinds of ways — eaten whole, sliced and smeared with almond butter, added to a grilled cheese sandwich or squash soup.

And while I do enjoy a classic apple pie (hold the raisins, please!), my all-time favorite apple dessert is a good old-fashioned crisp. In fact, I love it so much that I have developed a recipe that I can eat for breakfast — guilt free! How can that be?! Read on, my apple-crisp-loving friends!

Breakfast Apple Crisp

What makes apple crisp so very yummy?! For me, it is that perfect combination of soft spiced apples, crispy topping, and a good dollop of something creamy. In my breakfast version of apple crisp, I use easy sautéed apples, replace the crisp topping with homemade granola, and the ice cream with healthy yogurt. I make a batch of the apples, so I have them at the ready. Same with the granola, or you can use your favorite store-bought. With a carton of yogurt in the fridge, you are ready for a quick weekday breakfast!

Sautéed Apples

Here is how I make my sautéed apples. You can use brown sugar instead of maple syrup. The fresh grated ginger is optional, but adds a nice kick! The juice from the apples and syrup/brown sugar will cook down into a yummy sauce for the apples. These keep nicely in the fridge!

The Only Granola Recipe You’ll Ever Need

I like my granola with lots of nuts and seeds, and not too sweet! I had been buying small-batch granola from the grocery store, but it was expensive and I didn’t love it. Fortunately, granola is a cinch to make! When I make granola at home, I can adjust the sweetness and add different fixings and spices to make it my own or change it seasonally. I also like granola that is extra crunchy, so I usually bake it a little longer.

Here is the basic recipe. I will share some of the variations I have made below. This recipe makes about 7 cups of granola, but it stores well in an airtight container for a couple weeks!

Variations On the Recipe

Pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and dried cranberries are perfect for fall!

The great thing about making your own granola is that you can mix it up and add whatever you want! This fall I have been enjoying Pumpkin Spice Granola with my sautéed spiced apples. (The best of P.S. and apple together in one dish!)

In the summer I made Maine Blueberry Granola with both dried and fresh blueberries for double the blueberry goodness!

I also tried a take on a favorite coffee cake of mine, adding pistachios, pepitas, dried apricots, and some fragrant cardamom. So yummy!

And in the spring I mixed a simple Classic Granola with tart-sweet rhubarb compote. Delicious!

Easy granola recipe

Putting It All Together

Whether you made your own granola or bought your favorite brand from the store, the time has come to put together your Breakfast Apple Crisp! I grab my favorite bowl and fill it with 1/2 cup granola and a few spoonfuls of Sautéed Spiced Apples. Then I top it all off with a couple dollops of yogurt. I like to use an unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt. A little tartness is good with the sweetness of the apples and granola! If I am getting fancy, I will garnish it all with a couple apple slices and a sprinkling of granola. Usually, though, I just dig in! It is such a comforting breakfast on these crisp fall mornings!

I hope you will give these recipes a try! And let me know — what do you like to add to your granola?!

I am so happy you joined me for breakfast today! I hope it got your day off to a great start!

Shop The Post

I am sharing links below to some items related to this post. If an item was purchased locally, is no longer available, or is one-of-a-kind, I have suggested something similar. Keep in mind that since I have not actually seen those items, I cannot personally vouch for them. If you purchase through these links, it won’t change your price, but I will receive some compensation. I hope you enjoy this easy way to bring a little Maine style into your home!


Highlighting coastal decor and lifestyle, Maddie and Cisco, and the way life should be...