Granola is my comfort food. Whenever I make it, it takes me right back to being a kid. I remember my mom making it and eating fresh granola. Now my boys are my taste testers whenever I make it and love eating it fresh out the oven. There are about a zillion different variations for a good granola. I usually just use whatever nuts I have in the fridge and add in some dried fruit… usually cranberries or raisins. Sometimes, because I buy so many bulk trail mixes and bulk nuts and seeds, when the bags get to the bottom.. I just dump them in a big bowl with oats, coconut and whatever else it needs and make a granola out of that!
I like adding a bit of spelt flour to my granola, as it helps to make crunchy clusters in the granola. Feel free to change-up any ingredients to what you have available, this is just what I had around the house and thought the cranberries and almonds were a great combination. This granola is not too sweet at all, just the perfect balance of crunchy, chewy and delicious nutty flavours.
Keep stored in an air-tight container or a large mason jar.
Cranberry and Almond Granola
This granola is the perfect way to start the day. Your taste buds will love the flavour combinations of almonds, maple and chewy cranberries.
Makes: 8-10 servings
- 5.5 C Whole Oats
- 2 1/2 C Shredded Coconut
- 1 C Slivered Almonds
- 1 C Spelt Flour
- 1 C Dried Cranberries
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/4 C Honey
- 1/2 C Coconut Oil, melted
- 1/2 C Maple Syrup
- 1/4 C water
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a very large mixing bowl, add oats, coconut, almonds, flour, cranberries, cinnamon and salt, then mix together.
- Heat a cast iron or small pot over medium heat and add the coconut oil to melt.
- While the oil is melting, add honey and maple syrup to a smaller mixing bowl.
- When the oil is melted, add to the honey mixture and stir to melt everything together and combine.
- Then add in the water and combine all liquid ingredients. Once they are well incorporated together, pour over dry oat mixture.
- Stir and stir until all the oat mixture is well combined with the honey mixture and there are no more dry spots.
- Spread the mixture evenly over two baking sheets.
- Place in the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes. Stirring every 20 minutes to evenly brown the granola.
- Remove from oven and slightly cool before eating.