Fruit & Almond Granola + Cookbook Giveaway

I love granola for much of the same reason that I have always loved granola bars – it’s hearty, sweet, and usually full of all kinds of great nuts and fruit. For a long time I bought granola at the store and stirred it into yogurt or would eat it by the handful as a snack. And then I discovered the joy that is homemade granola. I started making it out of necessity a few years ago when I was hampered by a nut allergy, which I had somehow grown into, and have since grown out of. Although I can eat nuts again, I have stuck to making it at home and believe I have finally put together a super-duper awesome recipe. It’s lightly sweetened, spiced, crunchy and full of almonds and dried fruit. And best of all – you can totally customize it with your favorite nuts and fruit!

I created this specific version of the granola for a cookbook project put together by Posit Science, called the Thinkfood Cookbook. Fifty food bloggers contributed recipes that included brain-healthy ingredients in every imaginable category including breakfast, salads, main dishes, snacks, desserts, and more. I have already made a few recipes from the book and everything has been fabulous! I thought that this healthy, homemade adaptation to an oft store-bought item made it a fantastic recipe to share, especially since it is packed with oats and nuts.

Each week a different blogger and their recipe is featured on Thinkfood’s site and Facebook page, as well as in their email newsletter. For a list of the participating bloggers and their recipes, check out the Thinkfood Cookbook site.

As a contributor to the project, I was given an extra cookbook to give away to a lucky reader! Details below on how to enter to win…

How to Enter

To enter to win a copy of the Thinkfood Cookbook, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post:

“What is your favorite breakfast food?”

You can receive up to four additional entries to win by doing the following:

1. Subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by either RSS or email. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment.

2. Follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment.

3. Tweet the following about the giveaway: “RT @browneyedbaker: Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the Thinkfood Cookbook: http://bit.ly/hOksLG”. Come back and let me know you’ve Tweeted in an additional comment.

4. Become a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment.

Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. (I know this is a long window, but I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow and won’t be back until April 5th so I wouldn’t be able to ship it until then anyway!)

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random and emailed. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: The cookbook is provided by Posit Science. (And if you aren’t the lucky winner and would like to order a copy of the cookbook, you can do so here.)

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to commenter #354, Lisa! Her favorite breakfast food?

“I looove egg-white omelets with ham, cheddar, bell pepper, and onion! I usually only have time for cereal though ;]”

One year ago: Super Mario Brothers Birthday Cake

Fruit & Almond Granola Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

5½ cups traditional rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup applesauce (I use natural/unsweetened)
¼ cup honey
1½ cups chopped or slivered almonds
¾ cup dried cranberries
¾ cup chopped dried apricots

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, cinnamon, ginger and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, applesauce and honey until thoroughly combined.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well, until all of the oats are moistened. Spread on the prepared pan in an even layer.

5. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven and turn the granola over very carefully using a wide spatula (you'll probably need to do this in sections). Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

6. Cool completely on the baking sheet.

7. Break up the granola into chunks and stir in the almonds, dried cranberries and apricots. Store in an airtight container.

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  1. Molly on March 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Favorite breakfast by far is coconut-milk yogurt and granola, with fresh strawberries.

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  2. Katie on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    this book looks so great! I know it’s boring but my favorite breakfast food is oatmeal, I love to try different ways of cooking it and throwing in different toppings :)

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  3. bakingaddict on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    My taste changes from time to time. At the moment, bagels with peanut butter and strawberry jam are my favourite.

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  4. robyn on March 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    any homemade baking – muffins, scones, cinnamon buns…. : )

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  5. Katie on March 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

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  6. Molly on March 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Also, subscribed to the rss feed :D

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  7. Katie on March 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I am also a fan on facebook!

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  8. mayra on March 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    My favorite breakfast is warm home made banana bread with butter and a cup of coffee! yum!

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  9. Gayle on March 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Old fashioned oatmeal with walnuts, a bit of brown sugar, raisins or cranberrie, and a little warm milk!

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  10. Emily on March 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I’ve been on a baked oatmeal kick lately…especially topped with banana and toasted almonds!

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  11. Gourmet Fashion on March 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I would have to say eggs florentine. I love them …. with hash browns (and no I don’t have that type of breakfast every day :) )

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  12. Terri on March 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I really like Grits!

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  13. Nicole A. on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    That’s a hard one! I love all breakfast foods, but oatmeal is my staple breakfast and can be made to suit your tastes each day!

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  14. katie h on March 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Baked goods – cake, cookies, brownies… seriously.

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  15. Troy on March 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    My favorite breakfast, as of late, is “Eggs in Purgatory”. Two eggs poached in (preferably homemade) tomato sauce served up with some toasted whole grain bread and a cup of black coffee.

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  16. katie h on March 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

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  21. Katie on March 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I go through phases with it, right now it’s fruit (mango and blueberries!) with seven stars organic whole goat milk yogurt and the new ancient grains granola (natures path from costco). it’s a little sweet but the plain yogurt balances it :) This sounds like a great one- and no oil? that’s a first for me lol, will definitely make it.

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  22. Katie on March 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

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  23. Debbie on March 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I enjoy one of my homemade dark chocolate & cranberry almond granola bars with a large glass of skim milk–yum!

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  26. Mel on March 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Buttermilk pancakes with warm blueberry syrup…mmm.

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  27. Mel on March 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm

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  28. Carla on March 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Oatmeal with natural syrup, a little cinnamon and raisins. Sometimes fresh blueberries or raspberries.

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  29. Debbie B. (DebaRooRoo) on March 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    It’s a toss up between incredible french toast or perfectly scrambled eggs with cheese!

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  30. Hollie C on March 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I love sourdough english muffins with butter and tons of honey. If I allow myself enough time a good ole fashion egg sandwich gets the job done too! Thanks for the opportuniy!!!

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  31. Jena Marie on March 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I absolutely love French Toast.. or Cinnamon Rolls.. Mmm, I’m getting hungry. :)

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  32. Jena Marie on March 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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  33. Jena Marie on March 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm

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  34. Mariee on March 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Apple & cinnamon oatmeal.

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  39. Sues on March 24, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Oooh and the granola makes a beautiful parfait! My favorite breakfast food is eggs benedict… Only for special occasions, of course :)

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  40. Jeanne on March 24, 2011 at 12:54 am

    My favorite breakfast is toasted homemade bread with butter and jam!

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  42. Bonney on March 24, 2011 at 12:58 am

    My favorite breakfast food is French Toast!!

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  43. Anita Ruiz on March 24, 2011 at 1:05 am

    My favorite breakfast food is oatmeal!!

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  44. Julie on March 24, 2011 at 1:30 am

    I love cereal…and waffles. Not necessarily at the same time. : )

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  47. Felice on March 24, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I love granola, especially as a topping for yogurt or even to top a fruit crumble. This one looks so yummy.

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  48. katklaw777 on March 24, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Eggs…any way, shape or form…especially omelets…especially bacon, spinach and Swiss omelets. Great giveaway, thanks.

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  51. Jen on March 24, 2011 at 6:37 am

    My favorite breakfast food is blueberry pancakes! Yum!

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  56. Jennie on March 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I love pancakes and waffles and those thick sausage links you seem only to be able to find at restaurants!

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  57. Jennifer on March 24, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I don’t get them very often but I LOVE my sister’s cranberry orange scones with orange glaze.

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  60. Jee on March 24, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I can’t help but love corned beef hash. I had to make some the other day after seeing your recipe!

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  61. Laurel on March 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I love eggs- in just about any way, shape, or form. And they’re so filling!

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  62. Jan on March 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My favorite breakfast food is two buttermilk pancakes slathered with butter with a fried egg between them.

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  63. Jan on March 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

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  64. Lori M on March 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

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  66. Lori M on March 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

    My favorite food for breakfast is a big bowl of cracked wheat with raspberries and a little cream

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  67. Chris on March 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    My favorite breakfast food is good old fashioned oatmeal! Just add a little banana and honey and I’m all set!

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  68. Chris on March 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    PS I also just followed you on twitter!

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  69. Linda on March 24, 2011 at 11:15 am

    My favorite breakfast food is…..oh so many to choose from. I like them all. How about putting a maple frosted cinnamon roll on the top of the list.

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  70. Lucia on March 24, 2011 at 11:25 am

    My favorite breakfast food is arepas with scrambled eggs!
    Arepas are a Venezuelan typical food, I learned to make them when I lived there but I’m not able to make them anymore because I’m missing an ingredient that isn’t sold here :(

    On another note you didn’t say anything about outside the US viewers, so I hope I have chance of winning this giveaway :)

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  71. Lucia on March 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Also, I’m already subscribed to your newsletter

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  72. Tricia on March 24, 2011 at 11:32 am

    That is really hard because I LOVE breakfast food! I’m rifling through my mind to try to decide… I’m going to go with homemade Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls.

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  73. Maranda on March 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Gotta have my pops!!!

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  76. Maranda on March 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I just tweeted about this giveaway. My handle is @mannadonn

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  77. Maranda on March 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I now “like” you on FB. :-) PS. This granola looks great. I love parfaits!

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  78. Kaitlyn on March 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Oatmeal cooked with almond milk, raisins, and honey.

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  79. Audrey on March 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    My all-time favorite breakfast food is Belgium waffles :D Ummm. Yumm!

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  81. Cassie on March 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I LOVE cinnamon buns for breakfast! I haven’t had them in YEARS but I have been craving them recently… Or waffles and ice cream! YUM!!

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  82. Trina on March 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    French toast made by my father.

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  83. chelsea rose on March 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    French Toast. Yummmmm :)

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  85. Leslie N on March 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    My favorite breakfast is pancakes!
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  86. April W. on March 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I love oatmeal for breakfast (much to the disappointment of my husband, who is frequently forced to eat it too). For special breakfasts, fruit and cream cheese-stuffed French toast is also a real winner. Mmm!

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  87. Sharlene on March 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    French toast!

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  88. Michelle on March 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    My favorite breakfast food is banana bread slathered in peanut butter! LOVE!

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  90. Rocco on March 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Crunchy WHOLE grain oatmeal with bananas or strawbwerrys with milk is one of the most delicious and healthy breakfasts one can consume…bar none!

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  91. Jen O on March 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Even though I love to cook and bake, I love cereal. I don’t care if it is sweet or not. I can eat it any time of day.

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  92. Alejandra on March 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Huevos rancheros. It always brings back memories of my home.

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  93. Bree on March 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Mi desayuno favorito es…. French Toast, 2 eggs over-medium, + bacon with REAL maple syrup! YUM!

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  96. Katie on March 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    French toast

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  98. Danielle on March 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I recently started making Green Monsters for breakfast, and I love them! It’s a smoothie with bananas and chopped spinach as the base, and then you can add anything you like–I’ve been adding peanut butter, Ovaltine powder (malt flavour), and sometimes honey or flavoured yogurt. I know it sounds weird, but you don’t taste the spinach at all, and it’s a great way to get some extra veggies into your diet.

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  100. Ashley on March 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Muffins :) Which you have some delicious looking recipes for!

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