On my run yesterday afternoon I had a big craving for something crunchy. While
plodding along running to my fav pandora stations a myriad of ideas came to mind. I wanted something quick and easy that I could whip up while cooking dinner at the same time. Looking in the pantry, two ingredients stood out: slivered almonds and dried cranberries. So the granola baking began!
So began the granola baking process….
The prep time only took about 5 mins. I then let the tray of granola bake while preparing dinner.
Crunchy Almond Cranberry Granola
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large bowl combine oats, almonds and cranberries. In a separate bowl mix water, honey
and vanilla extract, stirring well. Pour wet ingredients over dry and thoroughly combine. The mix will appear a little wet compared to other granola recipes, however this extra moisture aids in helping the oats expand and become extra crunchy during the cooking process without burning. Cook for 30 mins at 350F. To ensure an even crunch throughout, move the mixture around the tray approximately every 10 mins during cooking.
I love how easy (and cheap) granola is to make at home. I really think the hardest part is keeping your hands out of the container after making a big batch