Making homemade granola is easier than you think and you’ll be glad you tried it. This Cranberry Almond Granola is perfect for a snack or to add to a yogurt parfait or smoothie bowl. You’ll want to make it all season long.
Homemade Granola Ingredients
Readily available ingredients make up this easy recipe and you may already have many of them on hand.
- Maple Syrup
- Brown Sugar
- Cranberry Juice
- Sliced Almonds
- Sea Salt
- Dried Cranberries
My youngest son and I love granola so we are always trying new combinations. We both like nuts so we are keen to try pecans, almonds, and walnuts. We’ve said we want to try pistachos because they are a favorite nut too.
What is Granola?
Granola is a snack that is made up of a combination of rolled oats (it’s best to use old-fashioned rather than quick cooking), nuts, dried fruit, and sometimes seeds, plus a sweetener such as brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup, or a combination of those like in this recipe.
This is delicious as is but it’s also a great starter recipe. Swap out some of the ingredients and make this granola your own.
- Use dried cherries instead of dried cranberries
- Try pecans instead of almonds.
- Apple juice in place of the cranberry juice will keep the fall flavors.
- Pomegranate juice makes a flavorful substitution for the cranberry juice.
- Use a mixture of dried fruits – cherries, cranberries, blueberries
- This granola is chewy, if you prefer it ot be crunchy lower the oven temperature to 250 and stir frequently for about 40 minutes.
- Try walnuts rather than almonds.
- Roasted sunflower seeds make a great addition.
More Favorite Granola Recipes
- Nonstick cooking spray
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup chopped roasted and salted almonds
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, cranberry juice, and cinnamon over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, and salt. Pour the maple mixture over the oat mixture and stir until combined. Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Stir in the cranberries and bake for an additional 20 - 30 minutes until the mixture begins to brown. Cool completely. Store airtight in a plastic container for up to 1 week.
Cranberry Week Recipes
This week we are celebrating all things cranberry! We have delicious recipes from across the country to celebrate all things cranberry! #CranberryWeek is an annual blogging event that is hosted by Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Crisp from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Cranberry Pecan Quick Bread from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Roasted Cranberry Potatoesfrom Magical Ingredients
- Cranberry White Wine Spritzer from Our Good Life
- Oatmeal Cranberry Bars from The Fresh Cooky
- Orange Cranberry Bread from Devour Dinner
- Pear-Cranberry Sauce from The Spiffy Cookie
- Cranberry Moscow Mule from Art of Natural Living
- Orange Cranberry Muffins from Life Love and Good Food
- Cranberry Almond Granola from Family Around the Table
- Easy Classic Cranberry Sauce from Kate’s Recipe Box
- Cranberry Pecan Cake Balls from The Freshman Cook