Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cranberry Almond Granola

I have never made my own granola until now. I always paid a small fortune for it in the grocery store. Jeez it really is pretty dang expensive. I can tell you I will never buy it again. It is one of the easiest thing to make and so versatile. I've snacked on it, put almond milk in it, and my kids sprinkled it on their yogurt. 

4 cups old-fashioned oats
2/3 cups honey or agave nectar
2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place oats in 2 15 1/2-inch by 10 1/2-inch jelly-roll pans. Place pans on 2 oven racks, and bake oats 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring oats and rotating pans between upper and lower racks halfway through baking

In large bowl, stir honey, syrup, vanilla, and almond extracts. Stir in oats, almonds, and wheat germ to coat

Spray same pans with nonstick spray. Spread oat mixture evenly in pans; bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden-brown, stirring once and rotating pans between racks halfway through baking. Cool granola in pans about 10-15 minutes.

Transfer granola to large bowl; stir in fruit. Store at room temperature in tightly sealed container up to 2 weeks.

*Shared over at Six Sisters Stuff


  1. homemade granola is always better then store bought!

  2. Homemade granola is the best! This sounds great!

  3. Wow this looks right down my alley! yum yum!!

  4. Just found your blog! Yummm! I am so hungry now....can't wait to start trying all these! xoxo Stefanie