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. janna brown on March 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I love oatmeal with pecans, muffins and fresh fruit! Yum!

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  2. Becki H on March 25, 2011 at 3:03 am

    To be healthy, I mostly eat cereal and fruit. But I would have to say anything that can be slathered in butter and maple syrup.

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  3. Becki H on March 25, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Fan on Facebook

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  4. Alejandra on March 25, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Fan of Brown Eyed Baker on facebook!

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  5. Tiff on March 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

    My recent fav breakfast food has been chobani & trail mix.

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  6. Tiff on March 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I also subscribe to your RSS feed on google reader.

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  7. Emily on March 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Eggbeaters! Sooooooo good and sooooo healthy!

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  8. Bethany on March 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I love breakfast burritos. I don’t make them very often so when I do it’s such a treat.

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  9. Bethany on March 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I’m also a subscriber.

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  10. Sarah on March 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    My favorite breakfast food is definitely pancakes, hands down. I love mixing it up with adding fruit, chocolate, nuts, whatever to pancakes to make a great meal.

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  11. Sarah on March 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I also follow you on Twitter. I’m whtabtpineapple. I followed yesterday.

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  12. tammy on March 26, 2011 at 8:11 am

    It’s a tie between homemade pancakes and eggs benedict.

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  13. Rupa Lakshminarayan on March 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

    My favorite breakfast is cereal esp Kellogs Muselix

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  14. Delilah on March 26, 2011 at 10:41 am

    In the summer, I love sitting out on the porch with a smoothie or yogurt & granola.

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  15. Laura P on March 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    My favorite breakfast food is an omlet with all the fixings and also a belgian waffle with berries and whip cream!

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  16. Laura P on March 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook

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  17. Lynn C. on March 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    My favorite breakfast is Eggs Benedict.

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  18. Debbie on March 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I love bacon and egg paninis!

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  19. Katrina on March 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Well,I’m totally not just saying this because of your post, really, really, but homemade granola is my favorite breakfast food. It was a toss up with oatmeal, but even all this past winter I would eat granola on yogurt everyday for breakfast. Can’t wait to try yours. I love when something like fruit takes place of the oil/fat. I’ve made one with banana puree that was really good, too.
    Have a great vacation!

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  20. Katrina on March 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

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  21. Katrina on March 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I subscribe to your blog in email.

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  22. Katrina on March 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I like you on FB.

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  23. KarenJo12 on March 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    My favorite breakfast food is the blueberry cake doughnut at Shipley Do-Nuts, but a close second is fresh raspberries, granola, and Greek yogurt.

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  24. KarenJo12 on March 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I became a Facebook fan.

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  25. KarenJo12 on March 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    And follow you on Twitter.

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  26. Alejandra on March 27, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Just subscribed to Brown Eyed Baker via email!

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  27. HJ on March 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

    My favorite breakfast is fluffy pancakes and omelette with fresh veggies!

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  28. Teslaca on March 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Fresh juiced veggies are my favorite breakfast.

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  29. Kelly on March 27, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I really really enjoy breakfast. A lot. Especially blueberry pancakes with a side of bacon and eggs. Yum.

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  30. Kelly on March 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Also I follow you on RSS!

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  31. Leslie on March 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    french toast with tons of maple syrup!

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  32. RisaG on March 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    My favorite breakfast lately is oatmeal with a saute of apples and cinnamon with a bit of maple in it. For years it was homemade granola with milk and some fruit. Now it is oatmeal or 10 grain cereal from Bob’s Red Mill.

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  33. RisaG on March 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I am an email subscriber

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  34. Lynda Clark on March 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    My favorite breakfast is Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries accompanied with either whole wheat toast or oatmeal.

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  35. Melissa on March 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    favorite breakfast… it’s tough since breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. Probably french toast with loads of fresh fruit on top. “Floridian French Toast!”

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  36. Melissa on March 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Subscribed via email!! :)

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  37. Lauren on March 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    It would have to be THIS granola and coconut milk! I just finished the last of it and it’s DEELISH!

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  38. Ashley on March 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I am obsessed with breakfast foods, (see my breakfast-themed blog!) so this is really hard to pick just one! I think I am going to have to go with pancakes though. I became particularly enchanted with pancakes when I was pregnant, and I continue to LOVE them!

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  39. Ashley on March 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I also subscribed via email!

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  40. Brianna on March 29, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I love all breakfast food…truly! If I had to pick…it would be Oatmeal!

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  41. stacy on March 29, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I love waffles with peanut butter (instead of butter) and maple syrup. Thanks for having a giveaway!

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  42. Ashley on March 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    My favorite breakfast item is a Santa Fe Breakfast burrito…who can go wrong with guac, pico, eggs, and cheese all wrapped in a tortilla and topped with salsa verde? No one!

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  43. joy on March 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    mmm…crepes are my favorite breakfast food. savory or sweet! my first time having crepes was in san francisco. i just about died. it was a nutella and very fresh strawberry crepe!

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  44. Page on March 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    my favourite is the crunchy fibre 1 cereal with soy milk :)
    thanks so much!
    page

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  45. Rachel R. on March 30, 2011 at 12:05 am

    My favorite thing for breakfast is probably oatmeal, with brown sugar, walnuts, and MAYBE some blueberries or sliced bananas on top, with milk over top.

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  46. Rachel R. on March 30, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I also followed you on Twitter (my name: @RachelRooney)

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  47. Angela on March 30, 2011 at 5:56 am

    My favorite breakfast is all the bad stuff omlets with cheese and sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, donuts, crepes with nutella, pancakes, but in reality I eat oatmeal most days.

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  48. Angela on March 30, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I am an RSS subscriber

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  49. Angela on March 30, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I follow you on facebook also

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  50. Dawn D on March 31, 2011 at 12:59 am

    My favorite breakfast food is… peanut butter toast!

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  51. Dawn D on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Followed you on twitter

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  52. Dawn D on March 31, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Subscribed to you on email!

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  53. Dawn D on March 31, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I tweeted RT @browneyedbaker: Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the Thinkfood Cookbook: http://bit.ly/hOksLG @starbright3d :)

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  54. Dawn D on March 31, 2011 at 1:12 am

    I am a fan on Facebook!

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  55. Ali on March 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Plain Greek Yogurt with honey and bran buds.

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  56. Ali on March 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I have also “liked” you on Facebook. I have a Facebook too… A Spoon Full of Sugar

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  57. charm on March 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Oatmeal – plain with a little salt. Is there any other “real” choice?

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  58. Ali on March 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    and I already follow you on twitter

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  59. Hanna on March 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    OATMEAL with bananas and almond butter!

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  60. Taryn on March 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker through GoogleReader!

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  61. Taryn on March 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I follow you on Twitter (@tbren15)!

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  62. Cathy Burns on April 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    My favorite breakfast food is fresh fruit salad. Although cinnamon rolls are pretty hard to beat, too!

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  63. Cathy Burns on April 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I subscribed via email. Thanks for the extra entry!

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  64. Jenny on April 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    A good apple never fails me :)

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  65. Laura M on June 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Sounds yummy – will try it this weekend. I ve made granola twice and LOVE it. Also love that the cereal dispenser weighs about two lbs. more than the one containing the toasty- o cereal!
    I also want to mention that I add the almonds/peanuts, etc before baking and the nutty flavor really stand out. I bake mine at 275 for caution against burning. No fun eating singed granola! Thanks for this recipe!

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