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Homemade Granola with Coconut, Dried Cranberries, and Almonds

Homemade Granola with Coconut, Dried Cranberries, and Almonds

Only one week until Christmas! Are you on sugar overload yet? Today I am calming it down and sharing a healthy holiday treat-homemade granola.

At my office, we have a healthy food policy. We are not supposed to bring in unhealthy food items to share and when we serve food at  meetings we have to provide healthy options.  It is nice that we don’t have donuts, candy, cookies, etc. around every corner. They actually put puzzles out so there’s no room for goodies on the tables.

Of course, some people sneak in treats, but I wanted to support the policy. Instead of bringing in my cookies, I made homemade granola for my co-workers. I love making granola-it is easy and there are so many tasty variations. I love eating it with our homemade yogurt too.

This time I kept it pretty basic. I used rolled oats, wheat germ, cinnamon, and coconut as the base. I whisked together honey, brown sugar, canola oil, and vanilla and poured it over the oat mixture. I got down and dirty and mixed everything together with my hands-kids would love to help with this part, just make sure they have clean hands:)

I baked the granola on two large baking sheet pans. I stirred the granola frequently. When it was done baking, I added dried cranberries and chopped up cinnamon roasted almonds. It smelled fantabulous!

After the granola cooled, I packaged it into cute little bags with ribbons. If you are looking for a healthy holiday gift, try my homemade granola. I am sure your loved ones will appreciate a break from all of the sweets:)

Looking for more homemade gift ideas? Here are a few of my favorites:

Homemade S’mores
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
Caramel Corn
White Chocolate Holiday Bark
Oreo Truffles

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Homemade Granola with Coconut, Dried Cranberries, and Almonds

Ingredients:

4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped cinnamon roasted almonds (regular almonds would be fine too)
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.

In a large bowl, mix the oats, coconut, wheat germ, salt, and cinnamon together. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. The honey and brown sugar will make the mixture thick, but that is ok. Just whisk it really well.

Pour half of the honey mixture over the oats mixture, in the large bowl. Use your hands to combine them, yes it will be sticky and messy, but oh well, it is fun! When it is well mixed, pour the other half of the honey mixture, and mix with your hands again. Make sure all of the oats are covered.

Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Spread it out evenly. If you like "clumps" in your granola, squeeze together some of the oats. Put the pans in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. (I had one sheet on the top rack and one on the bottom rack). Take the baking sheets out and stir the granola.

Put the pans back in the oven and bake for 10 more minutes. I switched the pans around so they were getting even top and bottom time:)

After the ten minutes, take the pans out again and stir. Rotate the pans and bake for 5-7 more minutes.

Stir in the dried cranberries and almonds. Let the granola cool completely on the baking sheets. Once cooled, package it up or store in an air tight container for about a week.

If you like this granola, you might also like:

Honey Cinnamon Granola from Two Peas and Their Pod
Mix-n-Match Applesauce Granola from Baking Bites
Blueberry Granola from Andrea’s Recipes
Honey Maple Granola from SugarLaws

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52 Responses to “Homemade Granola with Coconut, Dried Cranberries, and Almonds”

  1. 1
    Erica — December 18, 2009 @ 5:04 am

    Love granola! I actually have plans to make two varieties next week to bring to my parents. Enjoy your weekend!! Any fun plans?

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    stephchows — December 18, 2009 @ 7:12 am

    I’m always making granola for myself (love it!) I really should make up a batch to give, so much better than bad for you treats :)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is — December 18, 2009 @ 7:58 am

    Coconut granola is my most favorite granola. I love it!

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — December 18, 2009 @ 8:09 am

    I love homemade granola but I don’t make it often enough. I love the idea of adding the cinnamon almonds. YUM! Bet it is so good with your homemade yogurt and fruit.

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    grace — December 18, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    my company should probably adopt a policy like that, but then i’d end up eating the majority of the stuff i make and that would be bad. very bad. great idea, though, taking in granola!

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    Kristi Rimkus — December 18, 2009 @ 8:59 am

    I’ve been looking for a homemade granola recipe. I’ll give this a go. It looks terrific!

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    Rosa — December 18, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    Homemade granola can’t be beat!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    megan — December 18, 2009 @ 9:12 am

    yum, your granola looks so good! I love homemade granola. Great idea about giving it as gifts – I think people would really appreciate it!

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    Rachel (S[d]OC) — December 18, 2009 @ 10:43 am

    If we had a policy like that at my office, there would be anarchy in the streets!

    I LOVE your granola. I love it for the coconut. I also love it for the lack of raisins!

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    Elle — December 18, 2009 @ 10:46 am

    Love your photos! And I also love making granola. It’s so easy and like you said, it makes a lot–so it’s perfect for gifts! The cinnamon almonds must be so good in there!

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    Judy — December 18, 2009 @ 10:56 am

    I really need to make some of this. My oldest loves Granola and I hate buying it. The good stuff is so expensive! Now I can make it myself!

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    Megan — December 18, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    I love homemade granola, and this recipe sounds awesome!

    I’m kind of glad my office doesn’t have that policy — otherwise I wouldn’t have anyone to pawn my baked goods off on!

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    Sara — December 18, 2009 @ 11:43 am

    That’s great that you have a “healthy food policy.” I wish my office had one. This granola sounds so good. Maybe I’ll make some for myself over the Christmas break.

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    Blond Duck — December 18, 2009 @ 11:50 am

    I would die at your office. Making treats to share is the only way I get to eat them!

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    Katherine — December 18, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

    Your granola looks terrific! i need to make this more often.

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    Double Dipped Life — December 18, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

    Thank you for the great recipe! I’ve been looking for a great granola!

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    Angela@SpinachTiger — December 18, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

    Wonderful. I wonder if I could use agave to make this. That’s an interesting office policy.

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    Cristie — December 18, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

    I love granola. This looks divine with the coconut, almonds and cranberries! Maybe you could bring this to the cabin?

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    Katrina — December 18, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    Although I love me a darn good cookie, I LOVE granola, probably even more.
    The last batch I made I over baked a bit and am still eating it anyway. Hate it when that happens.
    You’re REALLY convincing me to make those darn cinnamon almonds! ;)
    (Thanks for you FB thoughts today!)

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    picky cook — December 19, 2009 @ 1:21 am

    Oh that looks so good. Homemade granola is one of those perfect little simple pleasures in life! Love it

  21. 21
    Barabara Bakes — December 19, 2009 @ 6:44 am

    I haven’t ever made granola. I think I’ll start in January! Thanks!

  22. 22
    Emily — December 19, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

    I love granola! This looks perfect!

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    I love granola but somehow, never thought of making it myself. At least, I will be able to make it to my taste (not too sweet, crunchy, nutty, etc.) and it won’t cost me $$$$. The few times I bought some, I serve it with yogurt or apple sauce. It’s a healthy breakfast option! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll make my first batches very soon.

  24. 24
    julie — December 19, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

    ah! i just found your blog I LOVE IT you’re a baking genius!! can’t wait to make so many of these recipes for the holidays :)

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    Kerstin — December 19, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

    Mmmm, your granola looks delicious!

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    stacey snacks — December 19, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

    I keep telling myself I am going to make a homemade granola to sprinkle on Greek yogurt!
    I hate the overly sweet store bought stuff……your recipe looks terrific.
    Happy Holidays Maria!

    Stacey

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    chaya — December 20, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    I am not a great granola fan but with the ingredients, you are using, I think I could be.

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    Deborah — December 20, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

    I think I could go for some of this after all the sweets I’ve been having!

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    Katrina — December 21, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    I woke up at 5 a.m. this morning. couldn’t get back to sleep and found I was thinking about cinnamon almonds and granola. Hmmm? I didn’t get up that early, but when I did get up at 7:00, I started the almonds, then the granola. Almonds—DELICIOUS! Granola is cooling but I already tasted it–it’s great! I doubled the batch!!! I will be bagging this up for some holiday treats (and saving some, of course!) Thanks, Maria! Merry Christmas to you!

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    Michelle — December 24, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    I have made many different batches of granola over the years and can honestly say that this is the best granola I have ever eaten! I didn’t have whole almonds so I just threw a cup of slivered almonds in the oat mixture before I baked it. Outstanding. I am planning on bagging this up to give to neighbors and friends today, but know I will be making another batch soon. Thanks for the great recipes! Merry Christmas!

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    Amanda — February 22, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    these cookies look absolutely amazing!! :) I happen to love coconut-so I will have to try making them for sure!

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    I just made granola today and will be blogging about it this week. I use coconut oil instead of canola. It really heightens the coconut flavor. Maple syrup is a good change, too, instead of honey.

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