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