Cranberry Vanilla Granola

Breakfast, Pantry Staples | January 27, 2015 | By

 Granola 4 Greetings from snowy New York! I’m currently caught in my first real blizzard, and instead of running around the city grabbing supplies and food like other New Yorkers, I’m sitting calmly by my large window mesmerized by the snow falling down. I’m not sure what the normal protocols are for this kind of weather, but I’m certainly not doing what I am supposed to. I did, however, just throw a batch of my favorite granola in the oven to have something to munch on while I watch the snow. And granola will be the perfect snack if we lose power, right??

My roommates are well-aware of my insane granola addiction. I’ve pretty much been making a batch weekly, trying various combinations and eating it any time of day, including occasionally for dinner when I’m being extremely lazy. I think this recipe remains my favorite, with its strong vanilla and cinnamon flavors. It’s not overbearingly sweet, but just enough to get you hooked. To be completely honest I usually make it with dried cherries instead of cranberries, but given the weather I’m not about to venture outside just for dried cherries! Cranberries will have to do since that’s what I had in my pantry :).

Stay warm everyone on the East Coast, and good luck weathering the storm!

Bon Appétit!

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Cranberry Vanilla Granola

2 Heaping cups oats

1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

3 Tbsp Canola Oil

1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup

Pinch of salt

1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl except for the cranberries or other dried fruit. Place evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring granola every 15 minutes.

Granola 6 Granola 7 Granola3Granola can also make a fantastic gift in a mason jar! I used this trick frequently around the holidays. Granola 1

 

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