Harvest Granola with Dried Cranberries and Almonds

Eating homemade granola versus store-bought, (and I mean ANY store-bought,) is about the same as a fast-food hamburger patty vs filet mignon. The easiest thing to make - and so much less expensive than the 6 oz you get at the store. It stores very well, but it will get eaten so fast it almost does not matter!
Harvest Granola With Dried Cranberries And Almonds | Dishin' With Darla

Beware: once you make this, you cannot buy the store bought ever again. I shipped granola to my father and children at college. 

Substitutions are endless and all about taste and if you have dietary restrictions

  • Any nuts
  • Any dried fruit
  • Add wheat germ, flax seeds, or seeds of any and all kinds
  • Vegetable or canola oil versus coconut
  • Eliminate dried milk if dairy free
  • Spices: anything that would normally go in a baked good or cookie

Serving Suggestions:

  • Use as a cereal with milk
  • On top of yogurt and fruit
  • Waffles or pancakes: sprinkle some on top before you flip or put the top down on your waffle maker

Harvest Granola with Dried Cranberries and Almonds

Eating homemade granola versus store-bought, (and I mean ANY store-bought,) is about the same as a fast-food hamburger patty vs filet mignon. The easiest thing to make – and so much less expensive than the 6 oz you get at the store. It stores very well, but it will get eaten so fast it almost does not matter!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cups

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large baking sheet with raised edges

Ingredients

  • How much of each is really a matter of taste. Below is a good guide (but hard to mess up if you change the quantities.)
  • Put ingredients in a large bowl in the order listed to help determine how much is the right amount.
  • 5-6 c rolled oats
  • 2 c sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 c dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit you like)
  • ½ c toasted wheat germ
  • ¾ c dried milk (can omit if dairy-free)
  • ¾ c canola or coconut oil (melted and cooled add more as needed but granola should look slightly oiled)
  • ½ c honey (more if you like it very sweet)
  • ½ c molasses
  • 2 t salt
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • ½ t allspice
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t cloves (for a harvest tasting granola)

Instructions

  • It’s nearly impossible to make a mistake. Just do not decide to skip the steps below.
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees with the rack in the middle of the oven.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together until all of the oats are touched by all the spices and honey. Taste. Add sweet and spices to taste.
  • Spread evenly on a cookie sheet with edges, or a large and shallow casserole dish.
  • Cook in the oven, stirring every 15 minutes for about 45-60 minutes, or until toasty brown.
  • Remove and spread the out granola on your counter on some parchment paper so it can cool completely.
  • ENJOY!

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