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. lynne on March 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    multigrain cheerios and homemade yogurt with a bowl of strawberries and blackberries!

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  2. Laura Roth on March 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    my fav breakfast is french toast!

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  3. Laura Roth on March 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I am a follower on FB.

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  4. Mary Bradford on March 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I like to eat Apple and Cinnamon instant oatmeal with some cranberries thrown in for good measure.

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  5. mere... on March 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    i love sliced kiwi in pineapple greek yogurt for breakfast. it’s so cheery first thing in the morning!

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  6. Mary Bradford on March 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I liked you on Facebook.

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  7. mere... on March 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    i am also an RSS subscriber, thanks!

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  8. Mary Bradford on March 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter.

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  9. Savannah Sipperly on March 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I absolutely love waffles! can’t stand pancakes but I swear waffles taste totally different:)

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  10. Mary Bradford on March 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I have now subscribed to your email list. That will make it way easier!!

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  11. Mary Bradford on March 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I tweeted about your giveaway. (This is the first time I’ve tweeted. How cool is that?)

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  12. NanaBread on March 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I love oatmeal in any form – warm with dried cherries, pecans & brown sugar; oatmeal scones, granola bars, cinnamon oatmeal pancakes…you name it. It’s all about the oats for this girl!

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  13. Thu on March 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I love making my own breakfast burritos! Or eating fresh fruit and cereal. :)

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  14. Brett on March 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Homemade belgian waffles brushed with melted butter, applewood smoked bacon and sunnyside up eggs Michelle’s gourmet syrup and a glass of low fat milk…yummm :)))
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  15. Brett on March 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I follow you on twitter…that’s how i knew about this offer. have a nice trip.

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  16. Claire on March 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    An ooey-gooey cinnamon roll fresh from the oven, drizzled with a cream cheese frosting! With a couple of pieces of slightly chewy bacon on the side… Perfect!

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  17. Claire on March 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Also, I follow via email

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  18. Brett on March 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    just retweeted.

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  19. Jaime on March 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    love pancakes with scrambled eggs!

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  20. Becky C. on March 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I am a follower!

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  21. Becky C. on March 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I am hooked on Greek yogurt with homemade granola for breakfast right now.

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  22. michele on March 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I’m a follwoer

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  23. michele on March 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I also subscribed!!

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  24. michele on March 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I’m a fan on fb

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  25. Rebecca on March 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    My favourite weekday breakfast is cereal because it’s quick and tasty. On the weekends…I like pancakes! With lots and lots of syrup.

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  26. Grace on March 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Bacon! Hands down, it has to be bacon.

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  27. Kelli H on March 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Oatmeal! Healthy and delicious. In the summer i like the mix it up with yogurt & granola.

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  28. Jennifer on March 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    My breakfast love is currently oatmeal with bananas and walnuts, drizzled in honey.

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  29. Jennifer on March 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I liked you on Facebook!

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  30. Lindsay on March 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I don’t make them very often, but my favorite breakfast item would have to be caramel rolls.

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  31. krista vossler on March 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    fave breakfast food? where do i start? i live in the land of breakfast tacos, so i’d have to say that they are my favorite. but then waffles call to me as well, especially brown sugar bacon waffles!

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  32. sunny on March 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Krispy Kreme Breakfast Sandwich

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  33. krista vossler on March 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    i already subscribe to you on google reader.

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  34. krista vossler on March 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    i liked you on facebook. thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Kara on March 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    For a healthy, everyday breakfast I love oatmeal with blueberries. For an indulgent breakfast I really like dutch/German pancakes – YUM!

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  36. Hillary on March 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Sausage, biscuits and gravy but only my mom’s!

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  37. Kara on March 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I follow you via RSS!

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  38. Hillary on March 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I am a FB fan

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    I also “like” you on Facebook.

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  40. Tessa on March 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    My favorite breakfast food has to be oatmeal. It’s so versatile and is always great on cold mornings!

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  41. Tessa on March 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I am also a fan on facebook!

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  42. Kari on March 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    My favorite breakfast food is a big egg burrito with hashbrowns and salsa … yum.

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  43. Lyndsay on March 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    My favorite breakfast is eggs benedict with shredded hashbrowns and good coffee!

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  44. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on March 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    My favorite breakfast is pancakes of any kind! Though I do love oatmeal and overeasy eggs too :)

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  45. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on March 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Following you on Twitter!

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  49. sherri lynn on March 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    my favorite breakfast food is muffins!

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  50. Delishhh on March 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I am a huge breakfast person but for me a good breakfast is a soft boiled egg (3 minutes) and a croissant, sitting on an outside cafe in Europe people watching. . .to me that is heaven!

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