It’s about that time for another granola recipe!! And I’m kinda kicking myself for not making this sooner, as in, for Christmas, because it’s got those quintessential Christmas flavours of orange, cinnamon and cranberries. Yes, yes and yum.
But since winter pretty much goes on forever when you live in Calgary and I’ve been craving oranges and orange juice like it’s my job… it had to be done now, I could not wait for another Christmas to roll around.
This crunchy Orange Cranberry Granola is such a nice change of pace from the usual deep flavoured granolas (like pecan and pumpkin and ginger). I mean those are delicious too, but this one is super bright (in food terms) and really packs an orange punch. Then there are the pops of dried cranberry to give it that chewy sweetness that I love in granola, and a tiny touch of cinnamon to pull it all together. Bliss, I tell ya.
If you’re a granola fan, you’ve got to try this one out! It’s great with almond milk or over some vanilla yogurt. Or straight out of the jar, handful by handful…as some strange granola junkies might do… not speaking from experience or anything…
I hope you all love this! Let me know how it turns out in the comments below! Thanks for reading 🙂
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1.5 cups crisped rice cereal, or sub an additional 1.5 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- zest of 1 large orange, about 1 tablespoon
- juice of 1 large or 2 small oranges, about ⅓ cup
- ⅓ cup honey or sub maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ cup dried cranberries, chopped if large.
- Heat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, add oats, rice cereal, flaxseed and almonds and toss to combine.
- In a small saucepan, heat the orange zest, juice, honey, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and coconut oil over low heat until warmed and whisk to combine.
- Pour honey mixture into oats mixture and mix well so everything is evenly coated.
- Pour onto baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, removing from oven and stirring at the half way point.
- Remove from oven and let sit, without stirring, until completely cooled. This helps to form clusters. Once it's completely cooled, sprinkle with cranberries and mix to combine.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.