Apricot and Cranberry Granola.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Who loves granola? I know I do! Especially when it’s homemade! I usually don't make my own granola and instead buy the bland/dry grocery store brand's.  I mainly use it to sprinkle over my yogurt or just eat it right out of the box as a snack.  After trying this recipe out and tasting the fresh flavour's of dried fruits and cinnamon, this granola kick's any store brand off the shelves! I can literally eat this granola right out of the bag as a snack, but adding it to plain or vanilla Greek yogurt almost makes it into a dessert rather than my breakfast!  Its so crunchy and tasty and will last for over a week stored in an airtight container.  Yay for fresh granola goodness!

Oh and the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart's giveaway is over and the winner is: 
VERONICA M! 
Congrats to you :)
 I will be sending you an email shortly to get address info to pass on over to Manitoba Harvest!


Apricot and Cranberry Granola

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup dried apricot, chopped into small pieces
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ dried cranberries
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ stick of butter
  • ¼ cup honey
 Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon or whisk.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and honey until melted and combined.  Do not bring to a boil.
  4. Pour the butter/honey mixture over the oats and mix until coated well.
  5. Spread oats over parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
  6. Wait until the oats are completely cooled before storing in an airtight container.





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21 comments

  1. Looks perfect to sprinkle over my morning yogurt! ;)

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  2. this looks delicious.. i love homemade granola it makes the house smell amazing!

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  3. Oh that looks like a wonderful granola. You know I never made some becasue I always see a long list of ingredients. But these I almost all have. I will try it.

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  4. I love the homemade so much better. It is so expensive at the store too.
    This looks so delicious !!

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  5. A bowl of this goodness for me, please!
    I think it's not only great for breakfast but as a healthy dessert served with a good dollop of yogurt. xx

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  6. I LOVE granola for breakfast! I never made my own, but I have old fashion oats in my pantry. I'm going to have to dried fruits for this. Sounds really good and I need to make it! Thank you for the recipe!

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  7. This granola looks amazing and would not only taste good but be awesome for you. I really must start making my own - what a great start to the day xx

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  8. Yum! I love the sound of this! Apricots are the best:)

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  9. Your granola looks like an amazing way to kick start a morning! It's so easy to make and you can control exactly what goes in it when you make it too.

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  10. I love the idea of adding apricot to your granola. Yum!

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  11. Like you, I'm a big yogurt and granola fan... but I've taken a break from it recently, and after reading this recipe, I feel like I need to hop back on the bandwagon immediately. Not only do I love apricots, but I ADORE the use of them in this granola! What a fun punch of sweetness!

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  12. The flavor combo in this granola sounds so delicious! Love how both dried fruit elements are kind of sweet-tart.

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  13. Love the chia seeds in here...great granola to wake up to or to take along with me throughout the day for energy =)

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  14. Mmm this granola looks so good. I just bought a bag of granola and I wish I had made this instead.

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  15. This looks perfect, Natalie! I could eat the whole batch in one sitting!

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  16. Oh! I just think that I never made granola...yours look great, love the apricots in it...what a great way to star a day or just as a snack.
    Have a wonderful week Natalie!

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  17. Natalie...I love granola and I love what you've put together here! I think the pairing of apricots and cranberries makes this perfectly sweet and tart! : )

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  18. I looove homemade granola and yours looks SO fantastic. I'd love this over a cup of greek yogurt .... or vanilla ice cream. =)

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  19. The best! I can't stop eating it :P

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