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Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry Almond Granola

Healthy and Easy Cranberry Almond Granola from www.SeasonedSprinkles.com

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.
  10. CEREAL MAMAMAMAMAMAMAMA CEREAL!!!!!
  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.
  18. MINNNNNNNIIIIIIEEEEEEE ‘POOOOOON!
  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.
  27. UPPIES MAMA!
  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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Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry Almond Granola


  • Author: Seasoned Sprinkles
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x

Description

Cranberry Almond Granola


Ingredients

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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

Instructions

  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!

Notes

* 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.

  • Category: breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6-8 servings

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Wednesday 7th of March 2018

[…] I just eat a banana with my coffee or maybe grab a handful of homemade granola. (I really like this cranberry almond granola btws.) And weekend mornings? Well, we don’t normally do breakfast but brunch sometime around […]

Dia All The Things I Do

Thursday 19th of January 2017

"Melt like a puddle" haha that was cute and I could see it as I have friends and family who have little ones. This looks like such a yummy snack I love cranberry!

Ashley

Sunday 15th of January 2017

I love homemade granola. That looks delicious!

jfletcher

Thursday 19th of January 2017

Thank you!

Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

Saturday 14th of January 2017

This would make the perfect addition to yogurt for breakfast or a quick snack. Homemade granola is the best!

jfletcher

Thursday 19th of January 2017

I do love it.

Erika

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Your pictures are amazing, you're so talented! And I love granola! Gotta pin this!

jfletcher

Thursday 19th of January 2017

Why thank you :-)

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