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. Meagan on March 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

    A big fat fluffy waffle with more butter and syrup than is legal :)

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  2. Happy When Not Hungry on March 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I subscribed via email!

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  3. Happy When Not Hungry on March 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I liked you on FB!

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  4. Katrina on March 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

    My favorite breakfast food is french toast! I love the look of this granola too though. I’m excited to try :)

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  5. Rick Worley on March 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Fried Eggs on toast!!

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  6. Mallory on March 23, 2011 at 7:01 am

    As of late, it has been oatmeal!

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  7. Mallory on March 23, 2011 at 7:02 am

    i am a Facebook fan!

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  8. Allison on March 23, 2011 at 7:07 am

    My favorite breakfast food is a whole wheat English muffin topped with crunchy almond butter, banana slices, and cinnamon.

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  9. Elizabeth on March 23, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Steel cut Oatmeal with berries and a coffee.

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  10. Elizabeth on March 23, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I follow Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook

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  11. Cristina B on March 23, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I love making oatmeal, with a scoop of peanut butter and a sliced banana mixed in.

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  12. Cristina B on March 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baked on facebook

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  13. Elizabeth on March 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I suscribe to Brown Eyed Baker – and have for a long while — I love your recipes.

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  14. Vanessa on March 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Gosh favorite breakfast food. I’d have to say eggs. I mean they are so versatile. You can poach them, scramble them, fry them, make an omelette, etc.

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  15. Vanessa on March 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

    And I’m already a fan on Facebook :-)

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  16. Erin R on March 23, 2011 at 7:29 am

    my favorite breakfast food is french toast!

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  17. Lori on March 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I love those diner breakfasts….eggs, bacon, hash browns, and a short stack of fluffy pancakes. (and a nice hot cup of coffee)

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  18. Lauren on March 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I would eat everything bagels slathered with cream cheese every day if they weren’t so unhealthy.

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  19. Lindsay on March 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

    French Toast, yum!

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  20. Lindsay on March 23, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I’m a follower!

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  21. Yasmine on March 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

    My favorite breakfast food is stuffed french toast!

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  22. Yasmine on March 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

    And I am a fan on facebook!

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  23. Donna on March 23, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I love everything breakfast – steel cut oats with apples and raisins, pumpkin waffles, big cinnamon buns ….

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  24. Amanda Hays on March 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

    My favorite breakfast food is definitely some kind of cinnamon raisin granola cereal!

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  25. Ems on March 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I love muesli, soaked overnight in yogurt and milk, then with banana chips and dried dates added in the morning! Mmmm!

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  26. Christi Pike on March 23, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I love to have really good red grapefruit for breakfast!!

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  27. Christi Pike on March 23, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I already subscribe to your blog and get updates in my email…thank you!!

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  28. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

    There are too many favorites to choose from! For the sake of choosing, I’ll say eggs benedict, but only on special occasions!

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  29. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I am a fan on facebook!

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  30. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on March 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

    This granola recipe looks awesome! I follow you on twitter now :)

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  31. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on March 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I also just tweeted the giveaway!

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  32. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on March 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

    And finally, I’m a fan (a huge one ;-)) on facebook too and have been for a while!

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  33. Caroline on March 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I’m a subscriber!

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  34. Caroline on March 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

    And I think my favorite breakfast food might be hominy and liver pudding. Sounds gross, but I have loved it ever since I was 11 or so years old. It’s getting harder and harder to find now, unfortunately! :(

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  35. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on March 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

    How could I forget to mention my favorite breakfast food? As of late (especially during the winter months), it’s homemade oatmeal made on the stove! I love adding various fruits, raisins, dates, maybe a drizzle of honey, coconut, granola, etc. Anything goes! Mmmm, oatmeal. :)

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  36. Kat on March 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

    My favorite breakfast food is oatmeal with blueberries and greek yogurt. I never make the old fashioned ones myself, but whenever I start the day with my boyfriend he makes them for me. If I’m really lucky he toasts the oats in butter before cooking them- decadent!!!

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  37. Cassandra on March 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

    My favorite breakfast is homefries and dippy eggs made by my dad. I ask him to make them whenever I go home.

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  38. karen d on March 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

    My favorite breakfast? Grits!!! I know, I know. It’s a southern thing. But hot and creamy with lots of butter, YUM!!!

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  39. Flo on March 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Hmmm usually I just have a bagel… but I think my favourite is crepes piled high with fresh fruit with some whipped cream and maple syrup :)

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  40. Flo on March 23, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I am now subscribed to your blog!

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  41. Chris on March 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Breakfast…best meal of the day! I’m currently enjoying Kashi Go Lean Crunch. I toss on a handful of frozen blueberries (picked last year from the local organic grower) and a little water, steam it just til it begins to soften the cereal and warm the berries, powder it with cinnamon, and I’m good to go!!! (Anything that tastes like dessert for breakfast is always a plus!!!)

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  42. Allison on March 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I love anything sweet so its hard to chose, but if I had to live with only one breakfast item I would pick this butterscotch monkeybread like stuff my mom makes on special occassions.

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  43. Janelle on March 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I love donuts!

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  44. Janelle on March 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I follow you via RSS feed.

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  45. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I love eggs. . . most any way is delicious. . . but eggs benedict (or florentine) are a real treat!

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  46. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I liked you on facebook!

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  47. Pam on March 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    My favourite breakfast food is hands down pancakes! I will always order them if I go out to brunch and that is the first thing I want to make if I have time in the morning. So delicious!

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  48. Jen on March 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    My favorite breakfast food is waffles (of course this is only when I am not being healthy).

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  49. Jen on March 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I “Liked” Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook

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  50. Nicole Shugars on March 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I recently found your blog and am thoroughly enjoying it. I eat vanilla yogurt for breakfast EVERY morning with a couple of small scoops of granola — I am so excited to try this recipe. The cookbook sounds really neat — I “friended” you on facebook…

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