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. Liz on March 23, 2011 at 12:21 am

    My favorite breakfast food is SCONES – particularly those with fresh fruit involved! Thanks for asking!

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  2. Liz on March 23, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Also I “liked” you on FB!

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  3. Jacqueline Selph on March 23, 2011 at 12:51 am

    My favorite breakfast is cereal!

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  4. Margaret on March 23, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I love crepes!

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  5. Abby on March 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

    My favourite breakfast food is quinoa that I cook in the place of oatmeal.

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  6. Rebeca on March 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I love eggs! YUM!

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  7. Barbara on March 23, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Definitely protein fiber pudding oat parfaits! I love breakfast food. I could eat bran crackers crumbled in chocolate protein powder, sf syrup and Greek yogurt all day.every day!
    GREAT GIVEAWAY!
    Thankyou

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  8. sunny on March 23, 2011 at 12:58 am

    breakfast is by far my favorite meal! or to be more accurate, breakfast food is my favorite type of food, and i can eat it at any meal! :)
    if i had to choose, i’d say oatmeal for its versatility. but it’s also hard to turn down omelets, morning buns, pancakes, french toast, grits, and waffles…

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  9. Abby on March 23, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I already follow you on Twitter @bethesurrealist

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  10. Abby on March 23, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I am now a fan on facebook!

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  11. Eliza on March 23, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Oatmeal!

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  12. Kadee on March 23, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I love a big bowl of cereal and some fruit! Or eggs and toast. Mm, breakfast.

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  13. Kadee on March 23, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I follow Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook!

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  14. Conna on March 23, 2011 at 2:55 am

    My favorite breakfast is yogurt with cereal !!!

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  15. Conna on March 23, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I became a fan on facebook … nice page there !!

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  16. Elizabeth M on March 23, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I love fresh Belgium waffles with strawberries and whipped cream topping!

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  17. jenny eats nutella from a spoon on March 23, 2011 at 3:26 am

    my favourite breakfast has got to be eggs benedict. mmmmmm hollandaise goodness!

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  18. jenny eats nutella from a spoon on March 23, 2011 at 3:31 am

    i liked you on facebook!

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  19. Joyce on March 23, 2011 at 3:32 am

    my favorite breakfast food is HANDS DOWN, PANCAKES<3 i can have them any time actually, not just in the morning haha

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  20. Rina on March 23, 2011 at 3:38 am

    French toast casserole!

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  21. Andrea M on March 23, 2011 at 4:50 am

    oh cereal. hands down. if I had to choose a food to eat for the rest of my life and wouldn’t get tired of i’d pick cereal (or breakfast, brunch and brinner). i love mixing them or eating them plain, i even like the cereal dust at the bottom of the box. don’t judge.

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  22. Lauren O. on March 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

    My favorite breakfast is crepes. They’re so versatile! I would wake up to fresh crepes on my birthday every year growing up – Mmm!

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  23. Lauren O. on March 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I ‘like’ brown eyed baker on facebook

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  24. angie on March 23, 2011 at 5:14 am

    I love eggs in so many different ways for breakfast – especially soft-boiled with a light touch of white pepper, soy sauce, and dark sauce. Made even better with a side serve of two slices of toast sandwiched with kaya (coconut jam) and butter. Yum!!

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  25. Rebecca on March 23, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Favorite breakfast is a tough one, there’s so many. My current favorite breakfast food is a harvest grain blueberry pancake with sliced banana on top.

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  26. Rebecca on March 23, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Subscribed to you through email

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  27. Rebecca on March 23, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I am following Brown Eyed Baker on Twitter :)

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  28. Rebecca on March 23, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I have tweeted the giveaway

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  29. Rebecca on March 23, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I am a fan of The Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook

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  30. Deanna Orsega on March 23, 2011 at 5:30 am

    My favorite breakfast is oldfashioned oatmeal. You can vary the flavor daily. I put butter, raisins, strawberries, blueberries, ar any fruit in it. Also yummy is cinnamon, any jam or jelly, applesauce, or any of your favorites. Each day you get another flavor. I make mine in the microwave 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal with 1/2 cup water cooked for 2 1/2 minutes and you don’t have a pot to clean for one serving. You can add a little more water if you like. I like it thick as mud before I put in my special flavors. Enjoy!

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  31. Sandi on March 23, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Waffles, big, fluffy and great big holes to fill with real maple syrup, of course.

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  32. corinne on March 23, 2011 at 5:32 am

    My favorite breakfast food is chocolate chip streussel banana coffee cake.

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  33. Sandi on March 23, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I follow u on twitter (@spotthecat1)

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  34. Sandi on March 23, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I RT’d you (@spotthecat1)

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  35. Sandi on March 23, 2011 at 5:35 am

    AND I am a fan from facebook (sandi.potenski.akyuz)

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  36. Sandy on March 23, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Oatmeal!

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  37. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on March 23, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I love dippy eggs!

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  38. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on March 23, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I follow your RSS feed!

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  39. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on March 23, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I’m a Facebook fan!

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  40. linda on March 23, 2011 at 6:05 am

    i have been eating oatmeal forever…with fruit…& a bit of brown sugar!
    thanks for including me in this great giveaway!

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  41. Featheredkitten on March 23, 2011 at 6:14 am

    mmmm, i like granola, but my FAVORITE breakfast food has to be cinnamon rolls, they’re so decadent, love ‘em.

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  42. stephanie on March 23, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Oatmeal! Or cereal wit a banana sliced in… yum. That is my favorite, but usually it is just egg whites….

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  43. Hezzi-D on March 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

    My favorite breakfast at home is pancakes. My favorite breakfast at work is blueberry coffeecake.

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  44. Hezzi-D on March 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I follow you on Twitter

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  45. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Refried beans and a fried egg over easy! Toast and a little melted cheese. Heavenly.

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  46. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I subscribe via email!

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  47. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on March 23, 2011 at 6:33 am

    My favorite breakfast food is oatmeal:-)

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  48. Kristin on March 23, 2011 at 6:34 am

    My favorite breakfast food is strawberry-stuffed French toast!

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  49. Happy When Not Hungry on March 23, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I love homemade granola! My favorite breakfast food has got to be pancakes and bacon… nothing beats some buttery pancakes served with a side of bacon. Yum!

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  50. Jenn on March 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

    any kind of cereal and milk.

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