Chocolate Cranberry Nut Granola

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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.

Chocolate Cranberry Nut Granola

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Recipe: Chocolate Cranberry Nut Granola

Course: Snacks
Author: Donielle

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
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan and add in honey, sucanat, vanilla, and salt.
  • 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.
  • Add in cocoa and coconut.
  • Pulse until well combined.
  • Pour into a large bowl and stir in cranberries.
  • 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.
  • Stir to combine.
  • For bars, press into a greased 9×13 pan, let cool , then cut.
  • 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.
  • *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)

grain free granola

Donielle Baker

Donielle Baker

owner and editor of Natural Fertility and Wellness at Natural Fertility and Wellness
I believe women can learn how to heal their bodies & balance their hormones through natural methods. An advocate for natural health, I have a passion for nourishing/real food nutrition and natural living. My personal background includes both infertility and miscarriage and I started Natural Fertility and Wellness in 2008 in order to share all of the information I found helpful in my journey to heal from PCOS and overcome infertility.
Donielle Baker
Donielle Baker
Donielle Baker
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9 Comments

  1. Mary

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

  2. gfe--gluten free easily

    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. Alea

    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. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    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. Carol@easytobeglutenfree

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

  6. Beth

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

  7. Simona Nedelisky

    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

      @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. Simona Nedelisky

    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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