Cranberry Pecan Granola

The trend of giving homemade goodies as gifts seems to have become less popular over the years, though I have only myself to blame for not sending culinary treats to loved ones more frequently. Who doesn’t love ripping into a package to unveil a tin of chewy chocolate chip cookies or a loaf of tender and fragrant banana bread? I know I do, and I’ll bet that you do too.

Well, consider this cranberry pecan granola my jumping-off point for bringing back the trend. After being safely encased in packaging fit for travel, this sweet and crunchy granola will be shipped off to my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew in Austin as a thank-you for hosting John and me on a recent trip.

Not much says “I love you”, “thank you”, or “I’m thinking of you” like homemade baked goods. The next time you find yourself thinking about a family member or friend, dedicate an hour or so in the kitchen to making something delicious for that special person. I promise you it will brighten their day!

Cranberry Pecan Granola


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Meaure the oats and puffed rice into a large bowl, set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until very smooth.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over cereal and stir until evenly coated. Spread mixture on the prepared cookie sheet in an even layer.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove sheet from the oven, stir the pecans into the granola, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown and crisp.
  6. Remove granola from the oven, toss with the dried cranberries, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

4 thoughts on “Cranberry Pecan Granola

  1. Just made this today as a basic base in my first homemade granola endeavor. I omitted the nuts and cranberries for simplicity’s sake. I also only had honey on hand, so I used that instead of the syrup. Added a splash of almond extract as well. Oh lordy I will be making soooo many more batches of granola. All of your recipes look awesome!

  2. Oh, My, Goodness. I have been experimenting with granola recipes forever, especially oil-free recipes. Came upon this one yesterday, and WOW. Followed the recipe exactly, but it would be easy to play around with different ingredients. The way it’s written though…cranberries and pecans, oh my…It’s SOOOO good! I may or may not have eaten half the pan while it was cooling.

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