Cranberry Orange Granola


My favorite breakfast is Greek yogurt, some kind of fruit and some kind of cereal/grain mixed together.  Often, that cereal is granola.  Until this day, I have never made my own granola, opting for the store bought kind for its ease and convenience.  Store-bought granola is easy, but sometimes has a questionable ingredient list and often has a lot of sugar and unnecessary calories.

I was inspired by the orange flavored dried cranberries I found at the grocery store.  I thought they would make a perfect addition to granola.  My first attempt at making my own granola resulted in a delicious, healthy alternative to my favorite store bought variety.



  • 4 cups raw rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries (I used orange flavored cranberries, but plain works just as well)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats and almonds together.
  3. In a small bowl, mix orange zest, oil, honey, orange juice, salt and cinnamon until combined.
  4. Add wet mixture to oat mixture and stir until oats are completely coated.
  5. Spread oat mixture into a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure even browning.
  7. When granola is cool, stir in cranberries.
  8. Let granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container.



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