Special Snack Treat: Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola

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One of my favorite things to snack on is granola. In town, Big Sky Granola is one of my favorites because it’s chunky like this Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola recipe. I made this for a special treat for my friend who just had surgery, and she took one bite and said, “This granola rocks!” It is as good as it looks and full of wonderful ingredients.

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Power House Granola

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I’m obsessed with granola. I really try not to have it in my house because when I start eating it I cannot stop. I have developed various granola recipes for many different food magazines, but when one of my subscribers, Erica, asked me for a recipe, I went back to the drawing (or cooking) board. I wanted this recipe as low-fat and healthy as possible, and I think I did a good job because my 3 kids (under the age of 11) even devoured the entire container.

 

By the way, I did photograph, style and prop this photo all on my own. I get a lot of questions via email asking me do I really do all of this, so the answer is, yes.


Power House Granola

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Yield: About 5 cups (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups  regular oats

1/3  cup  flaxseeds

1/2  cup  chopped walnuts

1/2  cup  almonds

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

21/2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon

1/2  cup  orange juice

1/2  cup  honey

1/3  cup  packed brown sugar

1  teaspoon  canola oil

1  teaspoon  vanilla extract

Cooking spray

1/3  cup  dried berry mix (cranberries, cherries, blueberries)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 300°.

2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl.

3. Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.

4. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries. Cool completely.

Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.