Mix 3 cups rolled oats, 1/4 cup flaxseeds, and 1.5 cups sliced almonds. On low heat, melt together 1/4 cup each coconut oil and honey, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1.25 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1.5 tsp vanilla extract. Mix with oats mix. Spread on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in pre-heated oven at 325 F for 45–50 mins. Stir every 15–20 mins. Add 1 cup dried cranberries, then cool.
The first thing I would like to say about this nutty cranberry granola is that I seriously considered calling this post “granola crack” because the second it came out of the oven and cooled enough for me to taste, I couldn’t keep away from it. Wow, holy moly, it’s so so tasty!
P.S. it makes your home smell like some sort of fall candle.
Healthy And Tasty Nutty Cranberry Granola
The best part is, it’s really healthy! Okay, so in my version I do use a little teeny bit of sugar, which brings the healthy down a smidgen, but you can sub honey or agave if you want to go a bit healthier.
I am seriously convinced that I need to always have a batch of this around. I recently had a baby and took the time to fully stock my freezer (couldn’t cram another thing in there) and load up on tons of healthy foods so that I could keep going when she got here and lose the baby weight in a fast and healthy manner.
Do you know what I’m kicking myself for not making? Nutty cranberry granola, yep, this stuff. I should have made a triple batch because the store-bought version is just not as tasty or as clean.
A Note About The Oats And The Nuts
I use quick cooking just because that’s what I always have around for when I whip up a pot of oatmeal, but rolled oats, old-fashioned, steel cut, it all works; use whatever oats you have. I’m not a believer in buying ingredients you don’t really need if you already have something that will work just as well.
Same with the almonds: I always buy sliced and raw, but if you have slivered, that’s fine. If you have whole, just give them a chop; no biggie.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups sliced or slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup flaxseeds
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (you can sub with honey or agave nectar)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 325 F.
- Start by mixing oats, sliced almonds, and flax seeds in a big bowl.
- In a small sauce pan, on low heat, combine coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg. Stir it around just until it’s all combined and melted.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until it’s well combined. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the mixture into an even layer.
- Pop it into the oven for 45–50 minutes until it’s golden brown, taking it out every 15–20 minutes to stir it around so it gets beautiful and toasty. It will still be a little bit soft when it comes out of the oven but as it cools, it will crisp up.
- When you take the granola out of the oven, add the cranberries and allow the mixture to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container.