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Coconut Almond Cranberry Granola Recipe

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




Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop for Healthy Snacking Giveaway

Healthy living and eating has taken a key role in our lives recently. Rob and I started running so we have changed the way we cook and snack.

Nutritious fruits and veggies are tops on our list for easy snacking but there is a little obsession I have, popcorn. For as long as I can remember popcorn has been my indulgent snack of choice a couple nights a week. In fact popcorn is my mother’s favorite snack too; it often turns into her dinner on lazy no-desire-to-make-dinner nights. My kids inherited my love of popcorn too. There are many nights that I’m making 2-3 bowls to share while we watch movies.

Since we’ve recently made changes to our diet I’ve had to change my snacking habits; that means cutting back on the “junk food”. Thanks to Mom Central I have been given the chance to try out Orville Redenbacher’s® SmartPop! Gourmet® microwave popcorn.

• 100 calories per 6-cup serving
• 94% Fat Free
• Pops right in its own bowl for sharing (or not)
• 100% Whole Grain
• One serving of Smart Pop offers 2 servings of whole grains

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So while the Smart Pop doesn’t taste exactly like the butter and salt soaked snack I’m used to it IS a great alternative so I don’t have to give up what I love. In fact I’m eating more popcorn and less other snacks (chips, crackers, pretzels)because I don’t have huge guilt with Smart Pop.

Right now Orville Redenbacher wants to give our readers the chance to try popcorn snacking the healthier way. Enter to win one of ten (10) boxes of SmartPop! Gourmet® microwave popcorn. Just tell me your favorite healthy choice snack.

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