Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix together the cinnamon and rice cereal squares, dried apples, mini vanilla cookie wafers and almonds in a large bowl.
Put the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Stir in the brown sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the apple pie spice, salt and vanilla. Pour this over the cereal mixture and stir to coat completely. Spread in an even layer on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake, stirring with a spatula after 15 minutes, until slightly golden, about 30 minutes total. Let cool, then transfer to a serving bowl.