Best Ever Cranberry Orange Granola (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

$5.02 recipe / $0.42 serving

How many times have you been to the grocery store, passed down the granola aisle, and saw a tiny box with a huge price tag?

Too many times.

Not only does this fusion of cranberry orange granola taste better than store-bought, it’s also a fraction of the price and so easy to make.

It’s time to show you how it’s done.

Cranberry Orange Granola Spilling Out of Mason Jar

Health and Convenience is Key

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy breakfast? Grabbing something like a muffin is super convenient in the morning. But, not only are you hungry again in 20 minutes, the average store-bought muffin is around 500 calories!

That’s why we decided to make this cranberry orange muffin-inspired granola to give you a healthier version of a classic breakfast.

This granola comes together so quickly, and you have the ability to make huge batches to last you several weeks.

Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Granola

Key Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Granola

This granola is bursting with so much flavorful ingredients, but here are our favorites:

  • Orange: the citrus notes add such a zesty, fresh taste to this granola. It’s like having a glass of orange juice infused into your breakfast without all the added sugar.
  • Cranberry: the sweet and tart flavor of dried cranberries balances so perfectly with the orange. It’s a match made in heaven.
  • Vanilla: to be completely honest, there isn’t a baking recipe vanilla doesn’t work well in. The sweetness lingers ever so slightly on your tongue after you finish your bite.
  • Rolled oats: the fiber in this hearty grain helps keeps you full, so you won’t have those hunger pains creeping back twenty minutes after your meal. Plus, it toasts up to create a rich, nutty flavor.
Orange Zest on Cutting Board
To get the most out of this recipe, we use both the juice and zest from an orange

How to Make Cranberry Orange Granola

The process of making granola is extremely simple. To start with, you’ll need to mix together the dry ingredients and blend the wet ingredients in a food processor or blender.

If possible, use the smallest food processor or blender you have so the wet ingredients blend properly.

Once you’ve finished blending, you’ll need to combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, including your chopped nuts. But, leave the dried cranberries out until the end. Otherwise, you will end up with little pebbles in the finished granola.

Keep a close eye on your granola when it’s baking. It goes from raw to burned real quick if you aren’t careful. We’ve had a few batches of charcoal granola in our day.

Once it’s done baking, mix in the dried cranberries. You can roughly chop them to have a better chance of getting one in every bite. But, it’s up to you.

How to Store Cranberry Orange Granola

This granola stores well in a glass jar or container in your pantry for up to 1 month. Although, it’s best to eat within 2 weeks for optimal freshness.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

We know you’ll love this granola. It’s:

  • Crunchy
  • Tart
  • Vanilla-infused
  • Citrusy
  • Sweet

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!

Cranberry Orange Granola in a Blue Bowl

This Granola Goes Well With

  • Coconut yogurt. Try your hand at a homemade recipe from Minimalist Baker!
  • Plant-based milk (our favorites are soy, oat, or coconut)
  • Fruit like blueberries, raspberries, banana, or strawberries

Cranberry Orange Granola

5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Broke Bank Vegan Course: BreakfastCuisine: WesternDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Bake time

25

minutes
Calories

235

kcal
Cost per recipe

$5.02

USD
Cost per serving

$0.42

USD
Total time

35

minutes

For a granola recipe this easy, it’s hard to believe it tastes so delicious! It’s sweet, tangy, and packs the perfect crunch with notes of cranberry and orange.

Ingredients

  • Dry Ingredients
  • 4 cups rolled oats ($0.77 USD)

  • 1/2 cup coconut shreds ($0.33 USD)

  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed ($0.08 USD)

  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon ($0.06 USD)

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt ($0.01 USD)

  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, soaked ($0.52 USD)

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted ($0.36 USD)

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp maple syrup ($0.74 USD)

  • 1 navel orange, juiced and zested ($0.89 USD)

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.42 USD)

  • Add-Ins optional
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries ($0.51 USD)

  • 1/3 cup almonds, roughly chopped ($0.33 USD)

Directions

  • Soak dates in a bowl over night, or for at least 2 hours in boiling water.
  • Pre heat your oven to 300 degrees F, and line two baking pans with parchment paper.
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, leaving the cranberries out.
  • Drain dates, and add those plus the coconut oil, maple syrup, orange juice & zest, and vanilla extract into a food processor or high speed blender.
  • Once you have a smooth consistency, combine almonds, dry and wet ingredients, but don’t mix the cranberries in at this point.
  • Spread granola mixture evenly on your parchment-lined pans, and bake at 300 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway. Once your granola is nice and golden brown, remove trays from the oven and mix in dried cranberries.
  • Serve with your favourite yogurt and berries! You can store this granola in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks in the pantry.

Tips

  • You can mix up the flavor combinations with ingredients you have at home. Some other options we love include chocolate orange, cinnamon raisin, or lemon blueberry!

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Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container

Serving Size1 servings


  • Amount Per ServingCalories235
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 8.3g 13%
    • Saturated Fat 3.2g 16%
  • Sodium 8.6mg 1%
  • Potassium 65.5mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
    • Dietary Fiber 4.7g 19%
    • Sugars 15.6g
  • Protein 4.4g 9%

  • Vitamin A 1.2%
  • Vitamin C 8.3%
  • Calcium 7.2%
  • Iron 8%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Are all rolled oats gluten-free?

In short, yes they are. But if you need to be 100% sure, then make sure to check for certified gluten-free brands, like Bob’s Red Mill.

Do the dates need to be soaked?

No they don’t, but it will be harder to achieve a smooth consistency of the blended ingredients.

Will quick oats work in this recipe?

We haven’t made it with quick oats, but they should be just fine if that’s all you have. The cook time might have to be adjusted, so keep a close eye while baking.

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