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Super Easy Cranberry-Coconut Granola


Cranberry-Coconut Granola

There are some things that I just completely LOVE. I mean, LOVE. One of the things I completely love is granola. Yes, granola! I know, I never talk that much with you or anyone I know about granola.

Because, it's granola! But today I was talking about granola with my American expat friend that lives in Italy. We chatted about how yummy granola is and how she has never made it.


I explained to her that she has got to make it! The reason being, it's so easy to put together! Really, super easy! Most days, when I make granola, it's after taking a quick inventory of what I have in my baking cabinet. I always for sure have oats. I hardly every make oatmeal and oatmeal cookies, so I wonder why I always have oats...but I have them! So, check! Have the main ingredient: oats.
Cranberry-Coconut Granola

Next, I glance around and see what fun nuts I have and dried fruit. Since it's fall, I most definitely had dried cranberries. Look how pretty and sparkly they are in the light...they look like gorgeous rubies!

Now, here is a little secret! I always have ground flax seed and toasted wheat bran. Why is that a secret? Because my daughter would most likely not be interested in eating this if she knew those two ingredients were in her granola. Because they don't sound that appealing to most teens. So I keep that my secret and it gets all mixed up with all the other fantastic ingredients to make the most delicious granola!
Cranberry-Coconut Granola


Very important tip when baking with coconut...please, PLEASE...don't leave the kitchen when you add the coconut and say, "I'll be right back. I have to take a call." Or, "Let me just check my messages or tweet something.". That is a big no-no! You have to stay right there in the in front of the oven. Leave the oven door closed for 2 minutes. But on the 3rd minute, open the door and check out your coconut. Is it starting to turn brownish? Ok...your granola is ready! Depending on your oven, that may happen on the 4th minute. But I'm warning you. Browned, or worst yet, burned coconut, tastes absolutely horrible! And after all, you're finally making your own granola...don't mess it up.

So you didn't mess up the coconut part, what do you have awaiting you? The most tasty and fun breakfast idea. Or snack or a quick mid-morning energy treat. It's healthy from the oats, the seeds, the flax seeds and toasted wheat bran. If you want to use 1/4 cup apple juice and 1/4 cup coconut oil (or vegetable oil), instead of 1/2 cup coconut oil...that's fine. I'm not crazy about the flavor fro the apple juice. Change it up with other dried fruits or nuts. Impress your friends and family. It tastes better than any store-bought granola and costs so much less! If you only want to add the ground flax seed and skip the toasted wheat bran, that's fine! Just have fun with this granola and make it often!

Adapted from Whole Living. 

Super Easy Cranberry-Coconut Granola
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups regular rolled oats
  2. 1/4 pumpkin seeds
  3. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  4. 2 Tablespoons flax meal
  5. 1 Tablespoon toasted wheat bran
  6. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. Pinch of salt
  8. 1/2 cup coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  9. 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  10. 3 Tablespoons honey
  11. 1 tablespoon brown sugar, optional when adding dried fruit
  12. 1/2 cup coconut chips (to be added during last few minutes of baking)

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with baking spray. In a medium bowl, combine the oats,pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, flax meal,toasted wheat bran, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
  2. In a small pan on medium heat, combine the coconut oil (or vegetable oil), maple syrup, honey, brown sugar. Whisk together the ingredients and let simmer for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until the mixture is fully combined and moist. Spread the mixture on the greased baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and stir around the granola (break up any large chunks that may have formed). Bake for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and add the coconut chips. Bake another 2-3 minutes (not any longer, or the coconut will brown and taste horrible).
  6. Remove from oven and stir it around again. Let it cool. When totally cooled, stir in an airtight container.

17 comments

  1. Granola is by far one of my favorite things to make at home. I'm loving the coconut chips in this one! And you're totally spot on about the coconut burning. It seems like one minute it's not quite there, and the next it's burnt beyond recognition. No matter--it's totally worth it!

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  2. I love granola, too...and every time I make it, I wonder why I waited so long to do it again! I love your secret additions and the added nutritional benefits. Great tip about the coconut, too...ummm...I may have walked away from some in the past. ;)

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  3. I am feeling so honored that I got an anonymous shout out in your post! ;-) Going to make the soup now and maybe the granola later this week. 2 questions: Can I just ground my flax seeds for flax meal? and...what would wheat bran be here? Thanks babes!

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  4. I'm a huge granola and coconut fan. I'm not a master of making it due to the whole burning thing, but I just might give it another try!

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  5. OMGoodness I am flipping out at this. It reminds me that I haven't made granola in ages. I love this stuff & it's so easy to toss together. Love your version here, L.

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  6. We eat a ton of granola in our house and this looks like a winner!

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  7. I need to make some of this for my trip tomorrow! I could snack on this for the entire trip!

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  8. I love love love granola too! Also cranberries. Great recipe and I will have to make it!

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  9. Homemade granola is the best granola! Love all those big coconut pieces.

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  10. Ooooooh. This looks amazing. And I just bought some fresh yogurt from the farmers market that it would be delightful with!

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  11. I've never made granola but after hearing you describe it (cranberries like rubies), I need to look through my pantry and see what I have available. I too know I have oatmeal for the rare time I add it to meatloaf or make cookies. It's like the kitchen staple I never use. LOL
    Great recipe, Lora. You've inspired me!

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  12. I am loving all of these easy recipes! This would be a perfect breakfast on Christmas morning!

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  13. I bet this tastes heavenly mixed with vanilla Greek yogurt or frozen yogurt! Pinning!

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  14. I'd snack on this granola all day long, love the cranberry and coconut combo!

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  15. I was looking for something easy and healthy to send with my daughter to Penn State this weekend. I think I've found it!;-)

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  16. I love homemade granola. I also love how you sneak into the good stuff. You're a smart cookie Miss Lora. This is seriously gorgeous. I can almost smell it wafting through my kitchen. And good call on the coconut, nothing worse than over-cooked coconut.

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