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Cranberry Almond Granola


Cranberry Almond Granola

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Have I told you all I am not a morning person?

Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry Almond Granola

Actually, that’s a wee bit of an understatement. If I had my way about it, I would not be bothered to be a functional human being until after 10 am. As it is now, I get up pretty early so I can actually attempt to adult before my daughter gets up. Unfortunately, the first little bit of my morning is always spent staring half asleep into my coffee (or as she says “coppee”) cup wishing I was still horizontal.

Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry Almond Granola

And though hunger is my normal state of being after noon, first thing in the morning I rarely want breakfast. It’s such a bad habit. I will mainline coffee like I am a sleep deprived Gilmore girl, but I won’t touch food for a few hours. I missed the whole memo of “breaking the fast.”

Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry Almond Granola

Of course, a few hours after getting up, I am in full on mom mode. Sure I feed Goose, but have you ever tried to eat with a toddler? It goes something like this:

Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry Almond Granola

  1. Ask toddler if she is hungry.
  2. Interpret toddler gibberish as meaning either she needs a new flux capacitor or she would like cereal stat.
  3. Chase toddler around the dining room and kitchen. Burn approximately 5000 calories while doing so.
  4. Catch toddler.
  5. Negotiate with toddler over eating in her high chair where she can be strapped down (aka safe).
  6. Wrestle toddler into high chair.
  7. Get toddler chocolate milk and crayons so I can have 10 seconds to get toddler a breakfast.
  8. No mama, wrong cup.
  9. Find the blue lid for the cup instead of the red lid.
  11. Take deep breath, ask toddler to say please.
  12. Take in look of defiance.
  13. Count to 10 in head.
  14. Hear a little tiny voice say, “Peas mama, may I have some cereal?”
  15. Melt into puddle because she’s so stinkin cute.
  16. Get cereal and give cereal to toddler.
  17. Get toddler spoon.
  19. Hold up different Minnie Mouse spoons until toddler approves of using a spoon.
  20. Get ready to get my own breakfast- either an egg or yogurt.
  21. Toddler tosses cereal to dog.
  22. Hysterical laughter followed immediately by MORE ‘REAL MAMAMAMAMA!
  23. Get more cereal.
  24. Finish putting together my breakfast.
  25. Pour a cup of coffee.
  26. Sit down.
  28. Bargain for a minute and inhale my breakfast as fast as possible.
  29. UPPIES MAMA! *tears*
  30. Get toddler out of high chair. Follow her as she leaves the room and goes running though the house. Leave remainder of breakfast sitting forgotten on the table.
  31. Experience HANGER about an hour later when I realize I have only eaten three mouthfuls of food all day.

    Cranberry Almond Granola

    Cranberry Almond Granola

It’s not a good situation. And one of my goals for 2017 is to make self care a priority. And that includes eating regularly despite having my hands full with a 2 year old and running a blog and writing business. So premade snacks and breakfasts are key to me. Even better if those snacks are healthy. So I love making granola like this pumpkin granola or this peanut butter chocolate chip granola for that reason.

Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry Almond Granola

This cranberry almond granola fits the bill. It’s easy to make, full of whole grain, can easily be gluten free, and best of all: can easily be shoved into my mouth at any point during the day whether I’m at my desk writing or running around after my very energetic little Goose. Or you know, if you can eat like a sane individual and not like the time and sanity strapped parent of a toddler, you could sprinkle it onto yogurt for some crunch or eat it like cereal with milk. Oh the luxuries of pre parent life.

Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry Almond Granola

And I love the flavor combo for this time of year. Something about cranberry almond just screams winter to me. It’s a nice way to come down from eating all the cranberry apple crumble and butter bars from the holidays while keeping those healthy goals in mind. It’s one of those treats that makes the dead of winter doable for me.

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Yields 6-8 servings

Serves 6-8 servings

Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry Almond Granola

5 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

13 minTotal Time

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  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup of creamy, natural almond butter*
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract**
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of dried cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the almond butter and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds increments, repeating until the almond butter is melted. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together 3 cups of rolled oats with 1 cup of slivered almonds, the cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
  4. Pour the almond butter mix over the oat and nut mixture and stir together until clumps form. Pour the mixture over a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 6-8 minutes or until the oats are lightly golden.
  5. Let cool, toss with dried cranberries and store in a container. Serve for breakfast over yogurt or with milk. Or enjoy dry any time as a snack!


* You can substitute in peanut butter for the almond butter. ** Use almond extract for an even more intense almond flavor.

Tip: to keep the recipe gluten free look for gluten free oats.



166 cal


3 g


30 g


5 g
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  1. M
    This post reminded me that I need to get back to making homemade granola! I think it's been years since I last attempted and I do love me some granola and yogurt in the mornings. :)
  2. andrea
    I love granola and dried cranberries. I always use raisins but I am totally going to go for the dried cranberry next time. Super looking recipe
    • jfletcher
      A very long and deliberate photo shoot involving a lot of wrestling granola out of my toddler's hands :-)
  3. Wendy
    This granola looks amazing! My husband eats yogurt and granola every single morning. I think I might try my hand at making some of this for him instead of the prepackaged store bough stuff.
  4. Ali
    I love granola! It's one of my favorite things to add to yogurt (largely because I don't really like yogurt but eat it because I know it's good for me!) This recipe looks especially tasty!
    • jfletcher
      The ingredients may be a bit pricey up front but you can make so much granola with them- probably 3-4x the amount in a box if not more so you save in the long run.
    • jfletcher
      I'm not a fan of all granola either. I like granola that has stuff in it, you know? The straight granola, not so much.
    • jfletcher
      It can! These ingredients may be more expensive up front but you can make a HUGE batch.
  5. Hetal
    lol I have so much to look forward to when my baby girl becomes a toddler lol --until then my morning consist of me breastfeeding her while I try to stay awake and not nod off ---the granola looks delicious - love the addition of cranberries!
    • jfletcher
      Ohhh the trying to stay awake and not nod off part doesn't change- especially once they discover a favorite tv show. Seriously, Minnie Mouse's grating voice can make my eyelids droop so fast these days.
    • jfletcher
      Right?? And the spoon, plate or cup seems to change based on the day and whether or not venus is in retrograde lol.
  6. Krista
    I love making homemade granola, and this combination of flavors sounds so good! I usually just use oil and honey or maple syrup for the liquid ingredients, but I really like how you use almond butter. Such a great idea for to add nutrition and flavor! Definitely need to try that next time!
    • jfletcher
      Yeah, I try to steer away from using oil in granola as it doesn't add any health benefits or much flavor. I love using nut butters in their place.
  7. Krysten
    Pinning this and saving it for later. I wanted to put self care as number 1 priority this year and that includes eating breakfast, which I never do, so something like this might actually make me want to be a morning person and make myself feel better by eating breakfast!
    • jfletcher
      Self care is so hard when you are a mom. I used to go to this mom's group and I'll never forget the one moderator talking about needing to fill your own cup. It's so true. The more I fill my own cup by caring for myself the better I feel about being a mommy.
  8. Kathy Minas
    Thank you for sharing not only your recipe for delicious granola but the transcript of the conversation between you and your little at meal time. I was laughing out loud. It will, in no time, be my own reality.
    • jfletcher
      Don't worry- it's not all chaos and craziness. It's also the most amazing thing ever. Conversations with my toddler are the absolute best. So are sticky toddler hugs and big snuggles :-)
  9. Tiffany
    I absolutely love homemade granola. I have all these ingredients, and just so happen to have run out of granola yesterday, so I'm going to try this one today.
  10. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    This would make the perfect addition to yogurt for breakfast or a quick snack. Homemade granola is the best!

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