Pear and Cranberry Granola – Christy Irene

When the weekend hits, I am so ready to get into the kitchen and create some new recipes. All though I would love for all of my recipes to include butter, sugar, and flour, I do not eat like that all the time. It is very important to me that I provide my family with healthy snacks to eat on throughout the day. This cranberry pear granola was a compilation of some basic pantry ingredients that I had on my shelf. Oatmeal, dried fruit and nuts of my choice are the basis for any great granola recipe.

Overhead shot of mason jar with homemade pear and cranberry granola

How to Make It

What makes this recipe so great is that anyone can make it, the ingredients are not hard to gather, and you can make as much or as little as you desire. I start off with a large bowl and begin adding my dry ingredients: oatmeal, almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries, dried pears, cinnamon, and sprinkle of sea salt.

Ingredients separated within mixing bowl for pear and cranberry granola

Once all the ingredients are in the bowl, you want to toss them around so that they are mixed well. You want it so mixed that every spoonful will have a bit every ingredient. In my opinion, this is what makes an amazing granola. But hey! That’s me.

Now you mix all of the remaining ingredients in a pot on low heat. You want to cook it long enough for the sugar to dissolve, so not very long. Once that is done, you pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated.

Wet ingredients added to dry ingredients for granola recipe

I use a jelly roll pan or what I like to call “my cookie sheet.” I line it with non stick foil and smooth out the granola mixture because you want it to brown evenly. It should look a little something like thiiiiiisssss.

Granola on jelly roll pan

I bake the granola on 350 degrees for about 40 mins. Every ten minutes I stir it around on the pan until finished. I do this to achieve an even brown throughout the granola. When its done, it won’t be the crunchy granola we are used to, but still a bit soft. I let it cool for about 15 minutes and put it into my container of choice. Then, I crunch away.

Pear and Cranberry Granola Spilling out of mason jar

Pear and Cranberry Granola Recipe

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