Granola with orange-infused dried cranberries

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Granola is the perfect ready-for-Fall treat.  It’s uses are endless-on top of yogurt, cereal, smoothies, in a parfait, on top of ice cream even. You’ll find yourself pouring some into the palm of your hand and eating it by itself. You have your warning now, don’t leave the jar on the kitchen counter-it will be gone in a matter of hours! Use orange-infused cranberries for an unexpected twist. And it’s not overpowering either and quite pleasant, coming from me, a person who really isn’t fond of orange-flavored foods.  The dried cranberries were purchased by my sister at the Delkab Farmers Market in Atlanta. Post below if you have found where else to buy them at! Here is it:

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups old fashion Quaker oats
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (medium amber)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup orange-infused dried cranberries

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How to:

Preheat oven (use two if you have) to 350 degree F. In a large bowl mix oats, coconut, almonds, and pecans. Add vegetable oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. Stir with your hands until its well coated. Evenly distribute onto two cookies sheets. As you are putting them in the oven, reduce heat to 250 F. This will make sure your granola doesn’t burn. On low heat, it should take about 45 minutes. You will need to stir around granola a couple times through out baking, maybe 3-4 times. When golden brown color is achieved, take out of oven and let cool on countertop for about 30 minutes. Now, for the final touches. In a clean bowl, add granola, chocolate chips and cranberries. (That’s why we wanted granola to be cool, so it doesn’t melt the chocolate chips). Mix it and scoop into jars! Enjoy as desired!

Here the chocolate chips and dried cranberries are being added to the granola

Here the chocolate chips and dried cranberries are being added to the granola

Final product! This recipe yields 2 medium jars and 1 large jar.

Final product! This recipe yields 2 medium jars and 1 large jar.

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