SAD no more!

Like the majority of Americans, my family "survived" on the SAD (Standard American Diet....funny how that works out huh?) diet. We loved all things gooey with cheese, and we drank our milk everyday! But, then things changed. It isn't always has it's challenges, but for better or worse, my hubby and my kiddos and of course me, the mommy and cook, are on this trip and we are traveling at the speed of taste! So come along with us as we laugh, eat, share, eat, learn, and did I mention eat?? MMMMM

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Orange Cranberry Almond Granola

This has become such a favorite with my kiddos that we no longer buy processed cereals. It's easy to make and it is delicious in a bowl with almond milk, or mixed into coconut milk yogurt. Oh, and plain, it's really yummy plain! Can ya tell we just like it any ol' way?

Recipe (makes approximately 4 1/2 cups):

~ 3 cups organic oats
~ 1/2 cup flax-meal
~ 1/4 cup slivered almonds
~ 1 tsp cinnamon
~ 1/4 cup maple syrup
~ 1/2 tsp nutmeg
~ 1/2 cup orange juice
~ 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
~ 1 tsp vanilla
~ 1/2 (or more if you so desire) cups dried cranberries


~ Pre-heat oven 300 degrees.
~ Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray
~ Place Oats in a large mixing bowl. Pour orange juice over oats and stir.
~ Add maple syrup, flax-meal, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark brown sugar and vanilla to the bowl and stir until everything is thoroughly coated.
~ Spread granola mixture onto baking sheets. Bake until golden brown for 30-35 minutes, turning every 10 minutes so that the mixture browns evenly.
~ Remove from oven and divide the cranberries among the 2 baking sheets of granola. Stir and bake for 5 additional minutes.
~ Let the granola cool completely and then store in an airtight container.

And that's it! Super simple and so yummy. (As I am typing this my 16 month old son is snacking on some granola and making a giant mess. :D )


  1. This looks SO good! I love homemade granola too.

  2. This looks amazing! I am headed to the local natural foods store for flax meal. It's the only ingredient I don't have.

    YUM! :)

  3. Thanks! It is really yummy and we usually have to make 2 batches to get through the whole week :)

    @Talia - let me know how you like it!!

  4. I made this last week, Nikki, and I really like it! I had dried cherries so used those, and I was out of vanilla extract but conveniently had almond extract. I've been mixing it into my Greek yogurt for lunches...not vegan but still yummy!