Recipe: Chocolate Cranberry Nut Granola

One of my favorite things about making homemade granola, or homemade granola bars, is that the flavors are so easy to change. This new version I’ve come up with gets the thumbs up from everyone in my household and makes a great  snack when needed, can top yogurt, or even pair well in a bowl with milk.

Recipe: Chocolate Cranberry Nut Granola
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Recipe type: Snacks
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1.5 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1.5 cups peanuts
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • (for best nutrition, and ease in digestion, soak and dehydrate all nuts and seeds)
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried coconut
  • 1.5 cups dried cranberries
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
Method of Preparation
  1. Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan and add in honey, sucanat, vanilla, and salt.
  2. While the sugar mixture is simmering (the longer you boil, the harder the bars) chop all nuts and seeds in a food processor, leaving them in large chunks.
  3. Add in cocoa and coconut.
  4. Pulse until well combined.
  5. Pour into a large bowl and stir in cranberries.
  6. Once the sugar mixture has boiled to your liking (a few minutes for softer bars, a few minutes more for crunchy bars or loose granola) pour over the nuts and seeds.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. For bars, press into a greased 9×13 pan, let cool , then cut.
  9. For granola, increase the seeds and nuts by 1 cup, spread loosely over 2 large pans and allow to cool. Break and place into a storage container.
  10. *The types of nuts used can also vary based on your own personal tastes as well as what you have in your cupboard!
Notes
This is quite a sweet snack, so consume in moderation and include more nuts and seeds to reduce the overall sweetness. (this works for the granola, not for the bars)

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Sounds very good! Coconut oil also works really well for recipes like this…adds flavor and nutrition.

  2. We’re both on the granola bandwagon, Donielle. 😉 Yours looks great. :-) I linked up my accidental recipe, which is now a new family (and friend) favorite!

    Have a great week!

    Shirley

  3. We love granola andI love how I can tailor it each kid’s preferences – reduces waste! Your recipe looks great; I love the combination of flavors!

  4. I keep saying I am going to make my own granola – and I keep forgetting to make it!!! This is a great reminder – you are always reminding me to do important things! LOL!

  5. Your granola looks fantastic. I love that you have made it without oats. Thanks for sharing and for hosting.

  6. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been making the same granola with oats for a while now and this looks like a welcome change!

  7. Dear Donielle, I came upon your website when looking up how to soak almonds. Thank you for this helpful information. Does the granola recipe above have other ingredients and amounts posted somewhere? Thank you for your help.

    Donielle Reply:

    @Simona Nedelisky, So sorry about that! And thank you so much for bringing it to my attention. I had recently changed the way recipes were posted and somehow this one didn’t make the conversion well. :-)
    The recipe is now fully posted on the blog.

  8. Thank you! YAY! Granola is our family’s favorite. Now it will be more nutriously bio-available to our bodies! Thank you, can’t wait to try it! ~simona

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