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. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I also subscribed to your email!

    Reply

  2. Christina on March 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I’m typically just a cereal girl, but my FAVORITE breakfast is buttermilk pancakes with strawberry and whipped cream topping

    Reply

  3. Christina on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I’m following you on twitter :)

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  4. Jen on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I am also now following you on Twitter (can you tell I want to win this cookbook?)

    Reply

  5. Lindsay on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    i love love breakfast food! i think my all time favorite, which unfortunately you can’t eat too often, is hands down biscuits and gravy! yum!!

    Reply

  6. Christina on March 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I am also now a fan on facebook

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

    Any you guessed it, I tweeted the following: RT @browneyedbaker: Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the Thinkfood Cookbook: http://bit.ly/hOksLG

    Reply

  8. Kristina on March 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I love a poached egg with a slice of wheat toast to snag the yolk.

    Reply

  9. Christian on March 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    My favorite is breakfast burritos with lots of salsa!!!

    Reply

  10. Ellen on March 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I don’t really like traditional breakfast foods, so as crazy as it sounds a nice bowl of leftover homemade pasta is one of my faves!

    Reply

  11. Marilyn on March 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

    If it’s an ordinary day (like today), I like cereal with blueberries and a mug of creamy tea.

    If it’s a fancy day, I like pancakes full of fruit, nuts, chocolate, you name it. :-)

    Reply

  12. Valerie on March 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Currently, my favorite breakfast is toast, generously buttered with apple butter!

    Reply

  13. ruth on March 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    bagel shop breakfast :) sausage, egg & cheese on a french toast bagel.

    Reply

  14. Jackie on March 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

    One of my favorites is scrambled eggs with avocado

    Reply

  15. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo on March 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I love French Toast and the very best I’ve ever had was at Logan’s Tavern in Logan Circle, DC. http://www.logantavern.com/_menus/Brunch.pdf

    Reply

  16. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo on March 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I also subscribe via RSS!

    Reply

  17. Suz on March 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Love, love, love a properly prepared Dutch Baby pancake with lots of fresh sqeezed lemon and butter

    Reply

  18. annie on March 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hi Michelle,

    My all time favorite weekend breakfast is scrambled egg with some bacon and hot buttered toast. Weekdays I have my oatmeal, flax and fruit for breakfast. Have a great holiday.

    Reply

  19. annie on March 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    BTW, I sbcribe by e-mail.

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  20. Mary Ann on March 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Waffles!

    Reply

  21. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Pancakes! I never usually win giveaways so if I do win this, I will be surprised.

    Reply

  22. Courtney on March 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

    My favorite breakfast food is probably waffles. I love a good waffle.

    Reply

  23. Courtney on March 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I am following RT browneyedbaker on Twitter.

    Reply

  24. Stacy on March 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

    There’s nothing like a fresh scone straight from the oven!

    Reply

  25. Courtney on March 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I have tweeted the giveaway.

    Reply

  26. Lisa T on March 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I love a good muffin or scone!

    Reply

  27. Carol on March 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My husband doesn’t really cook much but breakfast is his specialty. I really love his bacon and the fried eggs that he fries in the bacon grease. Yum! I don’t eat that often however because I feel my arteries clogging everytime I eat that breakfast.

    I also love making cinnamon apple ebelskivers. Also very yummy!

    Reply

  28. Alyssa on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    What a cool book! My favorite breakfast food is home cooked oatmeal with dried cranberries, brown sugar, and cream. :)

    Reply

  29. Alyssa on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    (I also subscribe via RSS)

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  30. Lisa on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My favorite breakfast (since I’m a forty-some mother of three who still can’t fathom how 5 lbs can be gained in a week!) is high fiber oatmeal with a squirt of fat free Reddi Whip.

    Reply

  31. Lindsay on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My favorite “healthy” option for breakfast is granola. But my real favorite breakfast item is homemade crepes filled with fruits/puddings/whipped cream!

    Reply

  32. Lindsay on March 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I subscribe to your blog!

    Reply

  33. Eva on March 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Although I don’t eat it very often, I love french toast

    Reply

  34. Eva on March 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I follow you via RSS!

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  35. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

    My favorite breakfast is homemade yogurt and a toasted piece of sourdough with honey….mmmm.

    Reply

  36. Cindy Battle on March 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    My favorite breakfast is strawberry stuffed French toast and sausage and eggs.

    Reply

  37. Linda C on March 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Favourite healthy breakfast food = half a grapefruit
    Favourite not-so-healthy breakfast food = pain au chocolat!

    Looks like a wonderful book – and I’m definitely going to try your granola recipe.

    Reply

  38. Angela C on March 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Oatmeal with fruit and honey or whole wheat toast with peanut butter and bananas.

    Reply

  39. Angela C on March 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on facebook!

    Reply

  40. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    my fav breakfast food is cereal!

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  41. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    i subscribe to your rss

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  42. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    i follow you on twitter!

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  43. Erica on March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I’m slightly addicted to bagel sandwiches – bagels with ham/bacon, eggs and cheese. But they have to be good, fresh bagels! :)

    Reply

  44. Erica on March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I follow you via Google Reader

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  45. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on March 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    i tweeted!

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  46. Erica on March 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I am a fan on FB.

    Reply

  47. Heather M. on March 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Steal cut oatmeal with frozen berries, cinnimon, and honey! So good!

    Reply

  48. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love banana chocolate chip pancakes!

    Reply

  49. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I follow you on Twitter via @eatslovehappy

    Reply

  50. Heather M. on March 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Retweeted!

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