Friday, February 12, 2016

Crunchy Cranberry Almond Granola

Oatmeal, healthy fats, fiber-infused cranberries...

Oh hello! I was just making a list of healthy things about granola. We know it's delicious, that's for sure. But let's not forget that it's also good for you.

Enjoy this sprinkled atop some Greek yogurt or fruit. It's hard damn near impossible impossible to stop eating this granola! It's perfectly buttery, crunchy, sweet, savory and oh so hard to keep away from your lips!

Homemade granola is one of my favorite things. It's way cheaper than store-bought and it tastes better too. Plus, I usually have all the ingredients I need to make a huge batch of my own.

So, a few ingredients from the cabinet, a mixing bowl, a cookie sheet. And boom! Granola.

You can add whatever fruits and nuts you like. If you don't have fruit or nuts and don't feel like going to the store to buy any, just make a delicious batch of basic granola. Why can't everything in life be this simple? 

Crunchy Cranberry Almond Granola

  • 1. Preheat your oven to 310 degrees F. Place parchment paper on a large cookie sheet.

  • 2. Place the rolled oats and almonds into a large bowl.

  • 3. Place the coconut oil and honey into microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in the brown sugar and microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir in the vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. 

  • 4. Combine and stir the liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. 

  • 5. Spread the mixture onto your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes on the middle rack of your oven, removing from the oven to stir every 10 minutes. 

  • 6. Stir in the cranberries at the last 5 minutes of cooking time. 

  • 7. Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool and harden on the cookie sheet. Break into clusters. Taste it. Fall in love. Pat yourself on the back. Store in an airtight container (ziplock bag, glass or plastic storage container) for up to 4 weeks...but it will be gone by the end of this week. Promise.

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