Monday, March 14, 2011

Power Up Granola

Here is one of my favorite granola recipes.  I found it through Cooking Light but tweaked it a little bit.  What I love about it is that it is simple (i had all ingredients on hand), cheap (granola from the store can be pretty high dollar) and nourishing.  And there are chocolate chips in there.  What's not to love?
Make a batch of this before you head into your kids Cinnamon Toast Crunch or another high fat boxed granola.


  • 2  cups  regular oats
  • 1/3  cup  ground flaxseed
  • 1/4  cup  chopped pecans
  • 1/4  cup  chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 1/3  cup  orange juice
  • 1/3  cup  honey
  • 1/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  canola oil
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3  cup  dried cranberries (swap for raisins if you want)
  • sprinkle of mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 300°.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.
Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.
Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 minutes, stir again. Bake last 10 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries. Cool completely. Stir in chocolate chips, if desired

Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


  1. Kim, thank you for posting this recipe! I have never been a granola-eater, but this sounded good, so I tried it this morning. It's fabulous! The kids love it too. This will most likely be my new go-to snack. ~Julie Young

  2. so glad you liked it Julie...and your kiddos. It is easy to grab handfuls of this but it is not so bad b/c there is not a ton of fat in it :) See you Tues at run class!