As you probably already know, I'm a huge believer in breakfast being the most important meal of the day. It's difficult for me to think of a morning that passed me by where I didn't sit down to a heaping bowl of cereal with a glass of orange juice and another one of coffee. However, if we don't have cereal on hand (*gasp*), I opt for toast or, my husband's little concoction, a bagel with cream cheese topped with tomato slices, salt and pepper.
Then there are other days when I like to change up my breakfast routine and sit down to a yogurt parfait or a big bowl of vanilla yogurt topped with dried fruit and granola. The crunchy texture mixed with the smooth yogurt is a nice way to enjoy a healthy and filling meal that gives me a great start to the morning.
One of the best things about granola is that it lasts for a very long time and it can even be great to give as a gift. If you decide to make a large batch of granola, pour some into a mason jar, close the lid with a square of fabric, tie a pretty little bow around the whole ensemble and attach a note to the bow. This makes for a perfect hostess gift, new-to-the-neighborhood gift or gift to give to your loved ones as a nice gesture. Your family, as well as your friends and extended family, will be able so enjoy this delicious, flavorful and crunchy granola for breakfast or as a healthy snack.
Raisin and Cranberry Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Spread the oats evenly on a baking sheet and place the oats in the oven to toast them for about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir the oats and bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
- Mix together the honey, slivered almonds, vegetable oil, cinnamon and salt. Pour the toasted oats into this mixture and mix thoroughly.
- Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the oat and honey mixture evenly across the pan.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the mixture turns to a golden brown color. When this occurs, remove the sheet from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Place granola into a plastic bag, add the dried fruit and shake the bag to break up the large chunks of granola.
* Recipe slightly adapted from Trails.com