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