Cranberry Pecan Granola

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Lauren Zembronhttps://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

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.

Cranberry Pecan Granola

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

Cranberry Pecan Granola

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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.
Cranberry Pecan Granola

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