Cranberry Pecan Granola

Cranberry Pecan Granola

So it occurred to me while staring at a canister of oats that I have never made granola for my blog. Why was I staring at a canister of oats? Heck if I know. I was probably daydreaming about Ricky Martin in a speedo and a canister of oats just happened to be in front of me. But seriously, what is wrong with me? And no I’m not referring to the me daydreaming about Ricky Martin part. That’s totally normal. Duh. Why haven’t I made granola for my sugar filled/butter laden/fruitaphoic blog?  Oh yeah I remember, granola doesn’t have frosting on it or chocolate ganache or pieces of Twix or 5 pounds of butter. Although there is 1/2 cup of oil which makes my heart jump for joy…almost as much as watching Ricky Martin dance around and shake his bon bon. And I totally know what you’re thinking. Lindsey, Ricky Martin is gay. Yeah, well I don’t give a flying tub of Crisco. I’d marry him anyway and we’d eat yogurt parfaits with cranberry pecan granola and swing on the swing set.

In a large bowl, mix together 4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats) and 1 cup unsalted pecans. Or if you’re a pecan hater, you can use whatever nut floats your boat. Or if you hate nuts…shut up you pervs.

Cranberry Pecan Granola ingredients

 

In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup maple syrup (the real stuff…although I am totally in love with fake maple syrup). 1/2 cup canola oil and 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar. And for the love of freakin’ Crisco, use the oil. It’s not going to kill you or bite you or spank you. And please don’t leave out the brown sugar…brown sugar is tasty. Bring it to a boil…

brown sugar. Bring it to a boil

 

Then take the saucepan off the heat and add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Pour the mixture over the oats and pecans…It’s like a sugar/oil waterfall. My ultimate dream. Well next to marrying Ricky Martin.

mixture over the oats and pecans

And mix it with a yellow spatula or blue spatula or pink or yeah you get the point.

mix it with a yellow spatula

Spread the granola out onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Spread the granola out onto a large baking sheet

Bake the granola at 250 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Occasionally stir it around with a metal spatula while it bakes.

Take the granola out of the oven and put it into a bowl.

granola out of the oven

Add 3/4 cup of dried cranberries and mix mix.

Add  dried cranberries

Let the granola cool completely and then store it in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Cranberry Pecan Granola

4 cups rolled oats (aka old fashioned oats)
1 cup unsalted pecans
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats and pecans. Set it aside.

Put the maple syrup, oil and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium heat.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the vanilla extract. Stir.

Pour the hot mixture over the oats and pecans and stir everything together with a spatula.

Spread the granola onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake the granola at 250 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Occasionally stir the granola with a metal spatula throughout the baking time.

Once the granola is done baking, put it into a large bowl.
Add the dried cranberries and stir them in.

Let the granola cool completely.
Then put the granola into an airtight container. Enjoy :)