Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Granola



 The holidays make me want to bake constantly. What I don't want is the sugar and calories. This recipe has the colors and flavors -nutmeg- of the holidays, with guilt-free baking. Granola takes only 5 minutes to throw together and is so much better and lower in sugar than the store bought variety. We make a big batch and eat it for breakfast with plain Greek yogurt or milk and snack on it throughout the week. For a nutritional boost, add some flax seeds to the mix.
 Pour into mason jars and tie with a ribbon for a pretty, healthy, and homemade holiday gift.  

Granola with Cranberries and Pistachios 

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup shelled pistachios 
1 Teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat  oven to 275 degrees. 

In a large bowl toss oats with pistachios, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar. Stir in maple and oil to combine. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring half-way through. Cool completely on baking sheet. Stir in cranberries.
 
linking to Schue Love

50 comments:

  1. oh, i have everything right now to make this! i love granola! so kind of you to post this.

    xo

    janet

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  2. I'm so into the color of pistachios right now, and with the cranberries it's so festive---I made white chocolate bark with these two, but this is a whole lot more healthy.

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  3. Going to the store right now and adding pistachios to my list so I can make this!! Can't wait!!

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  4. Yeah, I pretty much want to stick my whole face in that little jar and vacuum the granola out.

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  5. This granola sounds delicious! i agree the holidays make me want to bake all the time! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

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  6. Definitely making Holiday Granola this weekend! :D Perhaps with a handful of leftover pumpkin seeds as well... Thanks for another great recipe!

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  7. looks delicious and healthy. your kid is soooo adorable!

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  8. you stuff is much to pretty to eat!

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  9. Oh my goodness: PERFECTION!!! Yum :)

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  10. Beautiful photos. I love granola. Looks delicious

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  11. Thanks for this! I love granola, I am going to make this it sounds delish! Love the pictures to.

    Amanda @ http://Lillysnlollipops.com

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  12. Marina this looks like a super yummy and guilt free holiday treat. I love it. Your photos are gorgeous and your little one soooo adorable. Just stumbled this one :)

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  13. Thanks so much for dropping by the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop! I'm a follower and I hope you'll stop by again soon! Have a great day! :)

    http://www.mommylivingthelifeofriley.com

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  14. I love granola. What a great gift idea!!

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  15. Hi Marina-I have all the ingredients to make your gorgeous granola. I could eat a bowl right now for breakfast;)xx

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  16. I don't know which picture I like the most the one of the granola or your beautiful little girl "helping" you! It looks divine- I could definitely have a HUGE bowl right now

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  17. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This recipe looks fantastic. Thanks for creating such an inspirational place to visit.

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  18. This looks fantastic! I cannot wait to make it.

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  19. My mouth literally watered!! Such an amazing snack/breakfast food. Gorgeous images and such a sweet girl!!

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  20. This is incredible. New follower. I follow you on fb but not sure why I hadn't gfc yet. So fixed so I can see all your goodies easily. This is just fantastic. You not only make tasty food but the pictures are just gorgeous.

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  21. Wow, this is great.

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  22. Gorgeous photos. I love serving food in jars. Very fun. Happy post-Thanksgiving.

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  23. This looks beautiful and delicious!

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  24. What a beautiful picture of your little one - sweetest girl! The granola also sounds wonderful and I love that you use pistachios :)
    Mary x

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  25. Lovely! How scrumptious. Thanks for linking up. So glad I found you! Newest follower.

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  26. i know what you mean.. this holidays coming up i already thinking what to bake and i bake more than i used to do!!!
    btw you have such a beautiful pictures! i can't stop looking at it... they're look so yummy!!!
    take care. baci. xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  27. I love to make granola too. Yours looks so festive and flavorful, Marina!

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  28. I love the flavor combination of cranberry and pistachio, and these just look like Christmas--lovely!

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  29. What a great idea for holiday granola. So festive!

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  30. You've got a wonderful, beautiful, fantastic (I'm running out of adjectives) blog! The pictures are so perfect! Which camera do you use?

    Thanks so much for linking your entry/ies to my HCC event & making it a huge success! Have a look at the EVENT ROUNDUP-I .
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    Kavi | Edible Entertainment
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  31. *Please ignore the "thanks for the..." line. :) Had copy pasted the html & forgot to delete that.

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  32. That looks so fantastic. I am making some this weekend. I love it in yogurt! Be sure to visit us today. We have a great giveaway from The Shabby Apple. Come over and register to win a party dress! It is beautiful.

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  33. I need to make this guilt-free mix asap, because the dangerous chocolate balls on my island are calling my name right now.

    Oh, and a what a little angel you have!

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

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  34. Love the red and green colours at play here... Definitely perfect for christmas morning... :)

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  35. Looks so yummy! I just might have to make some of this tastiness this weekend =)
    www.bluebonnetsforsal.com

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  36. Everything has the holiday touch nowadays. It was so thoughtful of you to make granola not exempted in the holiday bandwagon. Such a creative post! LOve your pictures too...Thanks for sharing, Marina!

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  37. Hi. :-)
    Your recipes look so yummy indeed. :-) I have just signed in to your google group.

    I am from MBC and I appreciate your dropping by my blog.

    Best regards.
    ~Imelda

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  38. What a delicious idea :) Ive just bookmarked to try out tomorrow. Thanks! Belle

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  39. You have an awesome blog!!!!


    Lioness your newest follower

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  40. I am your 700th follower!

    Georgous georgous blog! I am in awe of every detail!

    Love that you are from SB, we are neighbors!!

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  41. I just stumbled across your blog and I absolutely love it. Your photos are absolutely amazing and your recipes look to scrumptious to eat! I love the simplicity and elegance of your blog. I am going to add it to my bookmark page!

    Cheers!

    Jackie

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  42. That looks so yummy! I will have to try it!

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  43. How wonderful Marina - I think this will be a must-have around here the week of Christmas - going to be feeding a houseful!

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  44. Ahh, I see. Thank you for letting me know, I'm going to go check out the other blogs now :)

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  45. Oh my gosh!! I don't know what's more impressive, the fact that my mouth is watering looking at these pics or that I think I may actually try to make them on my own because they look so good! Well done!

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  46. GORGEOUS pics Marina and the granola sounds guiltlessly delish!

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  47. Now this I can make! Looks amazing.

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  48. OMG mi desayuno perfecto luce increĆ­ble,una gran receta,abrazos cheers,hugs,hugs.

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  49. The pistachios and cranberries make this so so festive! Yummmy!

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  50. I am starving. I really should go, but you have me enchanted.

    We are fairly healthy eaters in our house, but my hub has been watching his sugar intake very carefully lately (Dr's orders). Maybe this would be a good healthy snack to keep full b/w meals.

    I love this as a gift idea, too! I need me some Mason jars! :)

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