It’s winter. And while winters here in the Pacific Northwest are mild in comparison to other parts of the country, what it does mean for us in the PNW is rain. And a LOT of it. Which also means a perpetual grey sky. Combine the rain and grey sky with a full blown head cold that’s wreaking havoc on my sinuses and it’s time for a serious pick me up folks.
Dreary head cold day I think it’s time you met my friend Granola.
Bake up a batch of this nutty, cinnamony (is that even a word?), crunchy, golden goodness infused with coconut oil, maple syrup and honey and it’s as if a ray of sunshine just entered your kitchen. The amazing aroma permeating your house while the granola bakes will bring a smile to your face (in spite of the head cold) and giddiness to your in-laws when they walk through the door. True story.
It’s a little bit of granola heaven. And it’s loaded with a little bit of everything that just makes granola quite dreamy and gives cereal a bad name. I’m not sure you can even compare cereal to granola because, well…granola is just so so SO much better. Cereal, you were so last decade.
So let’s get down to it. This granola is loaded with walnuts, almonds, coconut flakes, chia seeds, an amazing dried fruit berry mix from Stoneridge Orchards, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, honey…okay, you get the point. It’s a tasty medley of all things that make a granola awesome.
While this granola would still be great even without the dried fruit component, I think Stoneridge Orchards BerryMix kicks it up a notch. Stoneridge Orchards is a local PNW (yay local!) berry company who prides themselves in making products that are all-natural, and that are always produced without sulfites, artificial preservatives, colors, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or other undesirable ingredients. That gets a round of applause in my book! It’s an amazing blend of cranberries, cherries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Sound like too many berries? Naaah. You can find their dried fruit berry mix in your local grocery store (I discovered them at New Seasons grocery store) or you can order a 6-pack through Amazon which gives you the potential for 6 batches of granola! That’s what I’m talking about. Never can have too much granola.
Okay, nuff’ said. Make a batch of this and let me know what you think! Try it out with milk, yogurt, turn it into a parfait, or just eat it straight. Like I am. Right now.
Happy Monday all you granola cluster lovers!
A hearty granola loaded with walnuts, almonds, an assortment of dried berries and infused with coconut, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Perfect for snacking, on its own with milk, or for added protein, serve over yogurt.
- 3 cups gluten free rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats)
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 (5 oz.) package of Stoneridge Orchards BerryMix
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together (except the dried berry mix – set aside for later).
- Whisk the wet ingredients until smooth.
- Combine the wet and the dry ingredients in a large bowl until the mixture is moistened.
- Spread the mixture evenly on a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake granola, stirring at the halfway point, until golden brown and dry, for 30-35 minutes.
- When you remove the granola from the oven, do not stir it but let it cool completely on the baking sheet (it will crisp and retain it’s crunchy clusters as it cools).
- Mix in 1-5 oz. package of Stonebridge Orchards BerryMix.
- Granola can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
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