Saturday, 19 April 2014

Raisin and Apricot Granola




I have a granola making addiction.

I have been making a lot of chia seed pudding lately (such as the recent chocolate peanut butter creamy chia seed pudding or, my personal favorite, matcha and vanilla chia seed pudding), and whenever I have chia seed pudding, I NEED to sprinkle it with a LOT of granola.

And after making my pecan cranberry granola for the 37th time, I wanted to try something new.




And I know that I have a new favorite thing every week, but seriously, this is my new favorite granola.

I apologize to all the raisin haters out there who are not so thrilled about all these raisin recipes, but for me? I don't think I have enough raisin recipes!




This was a throw all the dried fruit and nuts that need using into a baking sheet and hope it tastes good kind of recipe. And guess what? It totally works.

This granola is the perfect topping for yogurt, chia seed pudding, or shoving handfuls into your mouth throughout the day. Being a chronic snacker myself, I totally understand if you choose the latter.






Raisin and Apricot Granola

What you'll need:

-3 cups rolled oats
-1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
-1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
-3 tablespoons brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/3 cup honey
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/3 cup dried apricots, diced
-1/3 cup raisins


Directions:

    1.   Preheat the oven to 300˚F. 
    2.   In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pecans, walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and salt. 
    3.   In a separate bowl, mix together the honey, vegetable oil and vanilla. Pour in with the dry ingredients and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated. 
    4.   On a baking sheet, spread the mixture in a thin, even layer. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir together and add the apricots and raisins. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
    5.   Remove from the oven, and let cool for around 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

24 comments:

  1. Why do you keep tempting me so Cathleen?!
    This looks fabulous! I'm not even sure if I'll ever buy my own granola ever again, it's so much fun to make! :D
    Hope you're enjoying the holidays missy! x

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  2. We love love homemade granola! This looks great, Cathleen.

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  3. Cathleen , Happy Easter to you and your family from mine . :)

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  4. Nice! Prefect for those days when I crave for crunchy munchies!

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  5. I've been on a granola kick too - first baked and clumpy and then in bars. I've eaten it over yogurt (once) and the rest just with my fingers. It's nice that it's so good for us. I'm going to try your recipe next!

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  6. A healthy granola, Cathleen... happy easter!

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  7. I love homemade granola! This looks great. I love the idea of adding dried apricots!

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  8. Looks lovely crunchy and tasty! :) ela@GrayApron

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  9. I love the addition of the apricots! I never buy apricots and I have no idea why...I love them - so thanks for the reminder!!! And I think they'd be GREAT in this granola - it looks fantastic! Hope you had a great Easter! Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

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  10. I love both raisins and dried apricots :) delicious granola!

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  11. What a healthy and delicious dried fruit granola :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. This is such a great Springtime granola recipe! I LOVEEEEEE all of the apricots going on! Pinned!

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  13. I can never get enough granola recipes, either! And I am one of those raisin haters (sorry!) but am always happy to sub dried cranberries instead--and I think they'd go great with apricots! Pinning!

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  14. What a deicious, healthy way to start the day Cathleen.
    This is so standing on my breakfast table tomorrow :)

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  15. And I have a granola eating addiction! Yours looks amazing!!!

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  16. I have a granola eating addiction too! (Well said Liz!) This looks like it will be next on my list!

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  17. I totally love granola! This looks delicious!

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  18. Granola is amazing. This version looks even better!

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  19. A granola-making kick is a good thing to be on! This sounds great!

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  20. I've been all about granola lately too! I love the idea of adding apricots. Looks really good.

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  21. I love granola and have it just about everyday. This sounds like a fantastic combination of flavors. I can't wait to try it :D
    Oh, and I'm a huge raisin fan...the more the merrier!

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  22. Oh so yummy! I love raisins and pecans together and this granola looks delicious and the perfect snack for an energy kick! =)
    xo

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  23. I need to start my granola making kick!! Keep them coming so I can save up on ideas. hehe~

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