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Coconut Almond Cranberry Granola Recipe

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With the influx of holiday goodies coming up I’m trying to get ahead of the game and stock the house with healthy meal and snack options as well as cute & inexpensive handmade gifts for neighbors, teachers and friends. Breakfast is a great way to start so we made this Coconut, Cranberry and Almond Granola. They kids have been eating it on yogurt, ice cream and even dry from a bowl as an afternoon snack.

Coconut Almond Cranberry Granola Recipe

Granola is so simple and so easily customized to a family’s tastebuds. We used to make it weekly so that Rob and the kids had a healthy breakfast and snack option. We’d switch out the nuts and flavorings so it wasn’t the same old thing week after week. I’ve shared other granola recipes here to give you an idea of how easy to change it up.

Coconut Almond Cranberry Granola Recipe

This is one of our favorites by far. I love the chewiness of the cranberries, they get a toasty flavor from baking but they can be added later in the baking process or even at the end if you want something more tart. Switch them out for dried cherries for a really tasty treat. We can’t find dried cherries all the time so they’re treated like a gold when we do.

Coconut, Cranberry & Almond Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 300°

Toss together oats, coconut, almonds and cranberries in a large bowl. In a glass measuring cup slightly warm the oil and honey in the microwave for 15-25 seconds just so the honey flows freely.

Add the vanilla to the oil and honey mixture and pour over the oats. With a wooden or silicone spoon thoroughly mix the ingredients so all of the oats are coated. This step take a minute or two.

Pour this out on a baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes. Your granola should be golden brown.

Remove from oven, spread onto a sheet of parchment to cool and it will be crunchy and ready to eat in 10 minutes.

Coconut Almond Cranberry Granola Recipe

Pour the granola in jars and decorate with ribbon and tags and gift our to anyone that eats 🙂 I especially like this idea as hostess gifts for those that are putting on elaborate parties or dinners. Who wants to cook the next day? Add the granola along with a gorgeous bouquet or bottle of wine and be known as the unique and useful gift giver.Coconut Almond Cranberry Granola Recipe

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About Melinda

Melinda is half of the mom & dad blogging team from LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! Over 4 years ago Melinda left the corporate world to focus on raising her children while being a SAHM. With 17 years of parenting practice to 3 kids life has provided her many experiences that are used to educate the family on morals, ethics and the difference between right and wrong. While academics are very important, a full education goes beyond books and grades. Melinda strives to raise children with good hearts, strong principles and a foundation built on love and respect for others.
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Comments

  1. That looks yummy! I love granola, but I’ve never thought about making it myself. Thanks!

  2. I think this granola would be great mixed with coconut yogurt! We have gotten on a granola kick lately, but I haven’t tried making it from scratch. I need to do this!

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve never made home made granola before. I’ll give it a try. It looks pretty easy.

  4. I’ve made granola several times and am always looking for new recipes. This will make a great Christmas gift too.

  5. Oh this looks so great! I love granola – I love eating it while watching a movie while everyone else snacks on junk! So good, I will have to try this!

  6. I have never tried making my own granola before! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  7. Oh so awesome. Make a great tasty gift also.

  8. I have always wanted to try making my own granola. So yummy!

  9. This looks delicious. I keep meaning to make my own granola. I’m allergic to nuts and I can’t seem to find any in the stores that I can have. But I think (minus the almonds) this would be perfect for me!

  10. This looks delicious! I love homemade granola.

  11. This sounds wonderful. I will have to remember this as I am making homemade gifts this year.

  12. It looks REALLY fun. I’d love to make this myself.

  13. This looks like a perfect gift idea for my extended family. I know the kids could make this with me, which would be totally fun too! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  14. I love this recipe with coconut oil! My girls would love to make this!

  15. I buy this at Trader Joe’s all the time. I had never thought about making my own! This looks yummy.

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