Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cranberry Nut Granola

I have been in the mood to make granola lately and I found the time to squeeze it in between laundry and dinner tonight.  Sorry I haven't posted this before because it's truly great!  I was never a granola eater in my younger years but over the last year I have perfected (at least to me and my family) the art of great granola.  So make a batch and let me know what you think.

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Here's what you need:

3 cups oatmeal (I only ever have the 5 minute cooking kind in the house)
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup cashews, roasted, unsalted and chopped
1 cup pecans, unsalted and chopped
1 cup coconut, either sweetened or unsweetened (I only use sweetened, but I'm sure unsweetened is fine)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, roasted, unsalted
1-1/2 cups Craisens
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup honey (I buy my honey at Trader Joe's - great price, awesome flavor)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbl. canola oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and have fun mixing until combined.  I always end up using my CLEAN hands.


Pour the granola onto a cooking sprayed baking sheet (I use a full sheet pan for this)  and spread around until it is in a nice single layer.

Bake for 40 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.  I use a large metal spatula and turn the granola over every 10 minutes for even cooking.  You'll be amazed at how it turns a beautiful brown color in the last 10 minutes.  Every time I make this I think I got the temperature wrong until I take it out of the oven and it has miraculously browned.
Cool for 10 minutes on the tray and then break up into smaller pieces.  

Great on yogurt, ice cream, as cereal or just all by itself!

Serves - 12 cups approximately



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1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad I found your recipe Michelle! This sounds a lot like what I do but since I never measure, I don't know what I'm going to end up with. Usually it's not half bad. Now I have a go to recipe and will most likely be more satisfied with the results!!! Thanks!


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