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Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola

The yummiest and best Crunchy Homemade Almond, Cranberry & Coconut Oil Granola recipe!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 serves
Calories: 483kcal

Equipment

  • Microwave or Thermomix
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • cup (70g) coconut oil melted
  • cup (65g) brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup (85g) honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract or vanilla essence
  • 4 cups (360g) rolled oats not instant oats!
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius. Grease and line a 30X20cm slice tray with baking paper.
  • Chop almonds roughly and place into a large bowl. Add the rolled oats to the almonds and set aside.
  • Place the coconut oil and honey into a microwavable safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds.
  • Add the brown sugar and stir to combine. Heat for a further 30 seconds.
  • Add the cinnamon, salt and vanilla and stir.
  • Pour the liquid over the rolled oats and almonds and stir to combine.
  • Place the granola mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  • During the cooking time, remove the mixture every 10 minutes and stir well.
  • With 5 minutes cooking time remaining, add the dried cranberries and stir to combine.
  • Remove the granola from the oven and set aside to cool completely. As it sets, it will harden up. Once completely cooled, break the granola into clusters.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Grease and line a 30X20cm slice tray with baking paper.
  • Place the almonds into the TM bowl and press Turbo 3 times. Remove the almonds and set aside in a separate bowl.
  • Add the melted coconut oil, brown sugar and honey to the TM bowl and mix for 2 minutes, 100 degrees, Speed 2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat for a further 2 minutes, 100 degrees, Speed 2.
  • Add the cinnamon, salt, vanilla, almonds and rolled oats and mix for 20-30 seconds on Reverse, Speed 2.
  • Place the granola mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  • During the cooking time, remove the mixture every 10 minutes and stir well.
  • With 5 minutes cooking time remaining, add the dried cranberries and stir to combine.
  • Remove the granola from the oven and set aside to cool completely. As it sets, it will harden up. Once completely cooled, break the granola into clusters.

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Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
  • almonds – I recommend using whole raw or roasted almonds for this recipe as flaked almonds brown too quickly during the baking time.
  • coconut oil – melted. If you live in a cooler climate, your coconut oil may solidify in the pantry. Place it into the microwave over low heat to melt before using.
  • brown sugar – you can use either light (normal) or dark dark brown sugar for this recipe.
  • honey – if you can’t access honey you can substitute it for maple syrup, golden syrup or rice malt syrup (all will have slightly different flavours).
  • cinnamon – choose ground cinnamon from the supermarket.
  • salt – this counteracts the sweetness of the sugar, giving the granola the perfect flavour.
  • vanilla extract, or vanilla essence
  • rolled oats – this recipe is not recommended for instant oats. The rolled oats help the granola to set in clusters.
  • dried cranberries or other dried fruit – substitute with any of your favourite dried fruit.
Storing: The granola can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. It can also be frozen for up to 6 months. Place in the fridge overnight to defrost before consuming. 
Fruit variations: Any dried fruit will work. I particularly like dried blueberries, raspberries, apricots and sultanas. 

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 15g | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3.9mg