Cranberry almond granola is a yummy, easy to make homemade granola, with toasted almonds, oats, honey, cinnamon, sunflower seeds & dried cranberries! I love to make granola! A few years ago, I decided to try to make Cranberry Almond Granola from scratch. The results? A fantastic tasting breakfast or snack item! Making granola from scratch saves money (granola is getting expensive).
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It’s also fun to custom make granola to include some favorite items in the ingredients. I’ve been making our own cranberry almond granola ever since then, and don’t miss store-bought at all. It’s been fun to also make great tasting Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Granola and Gingerbread Granola.
Over the past few years I have experimented with several recipes, but still love this simple one that I “morph” (by adding a variety of dried fruits) to suit my taste at any given moment. I love this cranberry almond granola sprinkled on Greek yogurt for a quick little breakfast treat. It is also good as breakfast cereal, swimming in a bowl of milk, or even as a topping for ice cream!
Preparing Cranberry Almond Granola
Slice almonds into thin slivers. The almonds will be lightly “dry toasted” in a skillet, to enhance their “nutty” flavor.
The sliced almond are lightly “toasted” in a dry skillet over low heat for several minutes. The aroma will be a good tip-off that they are done.
Place the toasted almonds, oats, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, coconut and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together honey and oil, and then pour this over the almonds, oats, etc. in the mixing bowl. Stir to full combine and cover all the dry ingredients with the honey/oil mixture. DO NOT ADD THE DRIED CRANBERRIES before baking.
Bake The Cranberry Almond Granola
The granola is then spread out onto a large ungreased baking sheet. Cook the granola at 350° F. for 30 minutes, stirring the granola once and re-spreading it out, halfway through the baking time.
Once the cranberry almond granola (still cranberry-less) is finished baking, remove from oven and place it on parchment paper to cool off. Stir in the dried cranberries, spread it out, and then let the granola cool completely. Once cooled completely, it is ready to eat! Store the cranberry almond granola in an airtight container… and enjoy!
I do hope you will try this recipe for cranberry almond granola…it is easy to make, and very flavorful, but I cannot guarantee random snowfall while making it…sorry! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
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Cranberry almond granola is a yummy, easy to make homemade granola, with toasted almonds, oats, honey, cinnamon, sunflower seeds & dried cranberries!
- 1 cup almonds , slivered and lightly toasted
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (I use old-fashioned, but quick cook will work, too)
- 1/2 cup pecans (can use walnuts), chopped
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed (optional)
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup almond or vegetable oil (I use vegetable oil)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (to add to granola AFTER it is done)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet on medium high heat, add the almonds and pecans. Stir the nuts for 4-5 minutes while they toast. They will turn lightly golden once toasted. Be careful not to burn them.
- In a large bowl, combine the toasted almonds and pecans with the oats, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, coconut and cinnamon.
In a separate small bowl, add the honey and the oil and mix till combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well, till all ingredients are coated well. Pour mixture out onto a large (ungreased) baking sheet. Evenly spread the granola out over the entire sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove granola from oven every 10 minutes during cooking and give the mixture a quick stir, then pop back into oven. Once done, remove granola from oven, stir in the dried cranberries, and pour granola onto a sheet of parchment paper to let it cool completely.
- Store granola in an airtight container. Makes approximately 9 cups of yummy granola!
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