Cranberry – Nut Granola has been making my perfect kind of breakfast for years. Waaay before I went Gluten-Free.
My favorite way to have granola is with fruit and yogurt. Preferably, with a banana, strawberries or blueberries, topped with greek yogurt. It’s just perfect! Everything you need in one bowl of pure health.
I also like my granola with hot milk over it, or I take some dry granola to munch on if I am on the go.
Cranberry – Nut Granola served with fruit and yogurt always surprises my overnight visitors.
So simple, yet sophisticated and often forgotten breakfast option. My guests are always so appreciative for the love and effort I put in serving them breakfast. The truth is (but let’s keep that a secret) it takes barely any effort. All it takes, is tender love and care!
It’s very easy to make your own granola and it’s totally up to you what you will put in it!
Almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut flakes, the possibilities are endless!
Making your own granola is much more affordable than buying packaged granola.
The average price for granola is around $5 for a 10oz bag! Ridiculous!
Also, homemade granola is healthier than pre-packaged granola, often filled with sugar and preservatives.
Notice, my Cranberry – Nut Granola doesn’t make a lot of clusters.
It’s because there is not enough sugar for the granola to stick. I purposely don’t add a lot of sugar knowing, that I will be using my granola in yogurt with fruit, and I don’t need the added sugar. It’s delicious without the clusters, and the extra sugar.
If you wanted to make granola for snacking, you would have to bring up the honey/brown sugar ratio, so it sticks. You can also use agave or maple syrup in place of honey.
As Always, Eat Well, Spend Wisely!
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup nuts (roughly chopped)
- 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 coconut oil (or vegetable oil or butter)
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine dry ingredients, with your hands, in a big mixing bowl.
- Melt coconut oil with honey on a stove top or microwave. Stir in vanilla.
- Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and mix well with a big spoon.
- Transfer granola mixture onto a large baking sheet (sprayed) and bake for 15 min.
- Stir and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden on top.
- Take granola out of oven and spread cranberries in the middle of granola. Cover cranberries with the side granola and let it sit until cooled.
- Transfer to an air tight storage jar.
- I like to serve my granola with yogurt and berries.