Monday, May 28, 2012

Homemade Cranberry Apple Granola

So for this month's What's Baking Challenge Ammie from my adventuresinmykitchen wanted everyone to bake with Spring Produce. Unfortunately, my visit over the past few weeks to my local farmer's market have been few and very far in between.

Besides the fact that I am now 22 weeks pregnant, I've also taken on a promotion with work, which has has me doing a lot of traveling over the past few weeks. So of course I wanted to make sure I had a few healthy treats at home while I'm away.

One thing that I know everyone in our home likes is granola. So I baked up another batch before I hit the road yet again this week. Good news is after this week I'll be home for at least the 3-4 weeks!

I Know that cranberries, and apples aren't spring time goods, but at least I could say that I got my apples at the farmer's market that Opened up again this month. =)I'm sure that Ammie will allow me to get away with it...this time.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do. Like always happy cooking and baking!

Recipe source: Giada De Laurentis

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Nonstick cooking spray
1/3 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup dehydrated cranberries
1 cup dehydrated apples

WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO DO: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly toasted.

Set aside to cool.

Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, cranberry juice, and cinnamon over medium heat.

Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved.

In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and salt.

Pour the maple mixture over the oat mixture and stir until combined.

Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven.

Stir in the cranberries and apples, and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until the mixture begins to brown.

Cool completely and break apart any large lumps.

Store airtight in a plastic container for up to 1 week.