The Naptime Chef’s Cranberry Spice Granola {Recipe and Giveaway}

**Giveaway Now Closed** Congrats to Erika of Itzy’s Kitchen!

You are going to want to make this granola. I insist that you make it, actually. Not only will it make your house smell incredible, but it is the perfect snack to take with you while you are running errands in the car, watching tv, or just playing around on the computer. It’s great sprinkled over yogurt or even some vanilla ice cream. I warn you though, portion it out because you might be surprised at how much you can eat of it in one short sitting. It is definitely addictive.

This Cranberry Spice Granola recipe is the first of many recipes I have flagged from a new cookbook written by my colleague and blogger friend, Kelsey…also knows as The Naptime Chef. I’ve been following Kelsey’s blog for years, and recently got to know her even better through writing for Babble’s Family Kitchen blog together.

What you will love the most about her cookbook (which is now available on Amazon) is that there is something for everyone in the book. The premise behind her blog, and now her cookbook, is that you don’t have to compromise on good eating after having kids because your time is limited. Kelsey finds a way to create and recreate recipes that fit into a busy parent’s schedule. And I love the “naptime stopwatch” she includes with every recipe, making it easy to plan ahead.

A few dishes I’m anxious to try are Orzo with Artichokes, Tomatoes and Pine Nuts, Soba Noodle Salad, Baked Sesame Tomatoes, Sticky Orange Drumsticks (my daughter will LOVE these!) and the Artichoke Lasagna. Did this list just make you as hungry as it did me?

In the meantime though, I’ll just continue to snack on this granola.

If you have never had homemade granola, then you’re in for a treat. Homemade granola is incredibly versatile, change it up based on what you have on hand. I happened to be out of the pecans that were called for in this recipe, so I easily subbed in sliced almonds.

Cranberry Spice Granola
Recipe from The Naptime Chef, with permission

1/3 cup vegetable oil (I cut this down to about a 1/4 cup)
3 cups old fashioned oats, not quick cooking)
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut (I used the unsweetened variety)
1 cup chopped pecans (I used sliced almonds)
1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet with a little vegetable oil or non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, nuts, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Gently stir together with a spoon until the oats and spices are completely mixed. In a separate bowl, combine oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup and apple juice or cider and pour over oat mixture. Stir the oats carefully and gently until completely combined and coated with the liquids.

Spread the oat mixture on your baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, take your baking sheet out of oven and carefully stir the granola so that it will toast up evenly. Place back in oven and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove pan from oven and add cranberries to granola, stirring to combine. Let cool.

Once cooled, store in a cool dry place in a container with a tight fitting lid.

Giveaway:

One lucky winner will receive their own copy of The Naptime Chef cookbook

Starts today, Saturday, March 10 and ends Thursday, March 15 at 12 noon (EST)

(Sorry, giveaway open to US readers only. Winner will be chosen randomly using Pick Giveaway Winner plugin application – winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be selected.)

To enter into the giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite snack is.

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128 Responses to “The Naptime Chef’s Cranberry Spice Granola {Recipe and Giveaway}”

  1. Michelle posted March 10, 2012 at 2:39 am

    My favorite snack currently are brownies. I am always craving them.

  2. Jennifer Bellerive posted March 10, 2012 at 7:18 am

    My favorite snack, these days, is the new pure yogurt. It is super creamy and light. This granola would go great on top!

  3. Kim | At Home With Kim posted March 10, 2012 at 7:21 am

    This looks so good! I would love this as a parfait with vanilla yogurt and berries. Thanks for sharing this…. I can’t wait to make it. Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  4. Maria posted March 10, 2012 at 7:43 am

    My newest favorite snack is nuts… Peanuts, almonds, walnuts… Love them all.

  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted March 10, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I love a good granola recipe. This sounds lovely! My favorite snack is peanut butter and banana.

  6. Jennifer posted March 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I really love to snack on granola. My favorite right now is a blueberry one…plain, on yogurt, with milk….cocoa almonds are a close second.

  7. Sheila posted March 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Am I living in a closet?! Yet another great blog and cookbook I have not heard of. WOW!
    My favorite snack would be an apple with peanut butter!

  8. Sheila posted March 10, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Ok I’m back to say I followed Kelsey on Twitter…..but really the funny thing was I clicked on the above link to follow her and I already was!! bah hahah and I thought I’d never heard of her….Oh my goodness! I just had to confess to you that I am officially loosing it ; P

  9. laurel fraher posted March 10, 2012 at 8:56 am

    My favorite snack is granola and yogurt!!

  10. cassie posted March 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

    My favorite snack is CHEESE! Preferebly right off the block.

  11. cassie posted March 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I like aggie on FB.

  12. cassie posted March 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I follow aggie on Twitter

  13. cassie posted March 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I follow naptime chef on FB.

  14. cassie posted March 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I follow naptime chef on Twitter

  15. cassie posted March 10, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I tweeted giveaway

  16. cassie posted March 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I subscribe to aggies kitchen via rss

  17. carrie posted March 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

    i have a weakness for crackers.-

    ].l

  18. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids posted March 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

    This granola looks amazing, Aggie! Actually, one of my favorite snacks is granola, and I also like nuts, fruit, and peanut butter and crackers.

  19. fallon posted March 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Cheese and crackers all the way!

  20. Sandy posted March 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

    My favorite (healthy) snacks are greek yogurt and Kashi chewy granola bars. I love reading your blog. Thanks.

  21. Betty hakes posted March 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

    My favorite snack is whole wheat toast topped with chocolate hazelnut spread.

  22. Erica posted March 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I just reviewed a cook book with a similar concept! I couldn’t agree more that you CAN still make good food once you have kiddos. The granola looks yummy. I actually also just made up a batch of granola for my parents. My favorite snack? Apples and peanut butter

  23. Carla Billups posted March 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    My favorite snack..right now are pickles and no, I’m not pregnant, I love these spicy Wickles pickles…addicted right now. I also love to much on raw almonds have done that for my entire life since I grew up around almond groves.

    I already follow Angie’s Kitchen on FB and have added all of the others above!

  24. From Valerie's Kitchen posted March 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I just spent my entire morning yesterday baking 4 batches of granola bars for my son’s swim meet so I have granola on the brain! I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of Kelsey’s cookbook! Btw, I follow you on FB :)

  25. From Valerie's Kitchen posted March 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I follow you on Twitter as well.

  26. From Valerie's Kitchen posted March 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I Like the Naptime Chef on FB.

  27. From Valerie's Kitchen posted March 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I’m following The Naptime Chef on Twitter.

  28. From Valerie's Kitchen posted March 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway.

  29. Kel posted March 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Popcorn is my favorite snack!

  30. Kel posted March 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    And I am a RSS subscriber

  31. Dani posted March 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    pretzels! yum :)

  32. Kasey J. posted March 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Am a fan of Aggie’s kitchen on facebook =)

  33. Kasey J. posted March 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Following you on twitter!

  34. Kasey J. posted March 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Already like the naptime chef on facebook

  35. Kasey J. posted March 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Following the naptime chef on twitter!

  36. Kasey J. posted March 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Almost missed t he first step, mt favorite snack right now is yogurt and granola. I actually just bought a bunch of bulk plain granola yesterday to make my own!

  37. Kasey J. posted March 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Tweeted about the give away!

  38. Kasey J. posted March 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Gladly shared about the giveaway on facebook!

  39. Kasey J. posted March 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Subscribed to Aggie’s kitchen RSS feed, crossing my fingers and toes!

  40. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted March 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    granola or a handful of mixed nuts are my favorite snacks

  41. Kerri posted March 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I think this recipe will be my new favorite snack:)

  42. Kerri posted March 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I like the nap time chef on Facebook.

  43. Kerianne posted March 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    My favorite snack is dry roasted almonds.

  44. chloe posted March 11, 2012 at 12:32 am

    my favorite snack is apple with PB! I already “like” Aggie’s Kitchen on FB and subscribe to your RSS feed.

  45. Kay N. posted March 11, 2012 at 3:28 am

    My favorite snack is peanuts an red hots!!

  46. Kay N. posted March 11, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I already “like” Aggies Kitchen on facebook.

  47. Kay N. posted March 11, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I follow Aggie’s Kitchen on Twitter.

  48. Kay N. posted March 11, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I just liked the Naptime Chef on facebook.

  49. Kay N. posted March 11, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I’m following The Naptime Chef on Twitter.

  50. Kay N. posted March 11, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I just tweeted about the giveaway on twitter…

  51. Kay N. posted March 11, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Just shared giveaway on facebook.

  52. Mike posted March 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Lately I have been snacking on salmon jerky, very healthy. But I would have to say my all time favorite snack is those Swiss rolls, also known as Ho Hos, not so healthy.lol

    But this granola looks and smells like its going to be my new favorite, once it get out of the oven.

  53. Jaimee posted March 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

    My favorite snack is carrots and hummus

  54. Katie posted March 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

    yogurt & apples

  55. Katie posted March 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I like you on Facebook.

  56. Cindy B. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

    My favorite snack is honey-roasted peanuts.

  57. Cindy B. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I like Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook.

  58. Cindy B. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I follow @AggiesKitchen on Twitter.

  59. Cindy B. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I like The Naptime Chef on Facebook.

  60. Cindy B. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I follow @TheNaptimeChef on Twitter.

  61. Cindy B. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I tweeted.

  62. Cindy B. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I share about giveaway on Facebook.

  63. Cindy B. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I subscribe to Aggie’s Kitchen RSS feed.

  64. Josie posted March 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Liked you on F.B.

  65. Josie posted March 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Liked Naptime Chef on F. B.

  66. Michelle murphy posted March 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

    My favorite snack is cheese and crackers!

  67. Michelle murphy posted March 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I liked your Facebook page

  68. Michelle murphy posted March 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I’m following you on Twitter!

  69. Michelle murphy posted March 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I already follow Kelsey on twitter and have liked her page for ages. Does that count ?

  70. Josie posted March 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

    subscribed to Aggie’s Kitchen RSS Feed

  71. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted March 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Aggie and Kelsey this looks so yummy! I love to snack on pistachios :)

  72. Morgan posted March 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    My favorite snack is an apple with almond butter and a slice of ezekial bread!

  73. Jamie posted March 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    My favorite snack would have to be cheese and crackers or peanut butter and crackers. Of course I love to snack on a million other things too but this is what I grab the most.

  74. Jamie posted March 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I am a FB fan of Aggie’s Kitchen : )

  75. Jamie posted March 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I am a follower of Aggie’s Kitchen on Twitter.

  76. Jamie posted March 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I am a FB fan of The Naptime Chef.

  77. Jamie posted March 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I subscribe to Aggie’s Kitchen RSS feed.

  78. Jamie posted March 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I am following Naptime Chef on Twitter.

  79. amanda posted March 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    apples and almond butter

  80. amanda posted March 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I subscribe to emails

  81. Sue W. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I am a facebook fan!

  82. Sue W. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I am a facebook fan of the Naptime Chef

  83. Sue W. posted March 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    My favorite snack is freeze-dried Asian pears. YUM!

  84. Sanjeeta kk posted March 12, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Such healthy and yummy bars!

  85. SANDY posted March 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

    popcorn with fresh parm cheese

  86. Miranda posted March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    We love bananas and peanut butter

  87. Miranda posted March 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I like Naptime on FB

  88. Samantha posted March 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    My favorite snack is very simple- popcorn! With butter, without butter, salt, no salt, caramel… I’m not picky :-)

  89. Samantha posted March 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I like you on facebook!

  90. Samantha posted March 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I follow you on twitter :-)

  91. Samantha posted March 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I like The Naptime Chef on facebook

  92. Samantha posted March 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I follow @thenaptimechef on twitter

  93. natalie posted March 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    peanut butter and apple slices… mmmm

  94. Bree posted March 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    This looks so good and I have been wanting to make granola. Skinny Mommy likes Aggies Kitchen on FB!

  95. Melissa Cooley posted March 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    My go-to snack is a mix of Cheerios, dried cranberries, lightly salted almonds, and chocolate chips that I throw together almost every day, either for myself or the kids.

  96. Cherie Mistretta posted March 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    My favorite snack is anything sweet and savory or salty!!

  97. Charissa posted March 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I love whole wheat crackers with organic PB and honey!

  98. Shaunna Ulrick posted March 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    i have been on a blueberry kick lately :)

  99. Marla posted March 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Aggie, I love this book too – must try the granola :)

  100. Ina posted March 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I liked & commented on fb, both sites, & favorite snack is roasted no salt almonds…w/ a few bittersweet chocolate chips mixed in….

  101. Kim B. posted March 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I love to snack on trail mix :)

  102. Kim B. posted March 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I’m an email follower :)

  103. Deborah posted March 13, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I just came across a bag of dried cranberries in my pantry and was wondering what to do with them – now I know!! I don’t know if I have a favorite snack, but I do love a spoonful of Biscoff spread or Nutella! :)

  104. Karen posted March 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Love Granola!!! Can’t wait to try the cranberry one!!!

  105. Laura posted March 13, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Smoothies!

  106. Ardala Evans posted March 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I love to snack on whole grain crackers and peanut butter.

  107. Ilene posted March 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Either mini carrots or pretzels.

  108. Michelle posted March 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I tweeted the message.

  109. Denise B posted March 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    apples and cheese

  110. Denise K posted March 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    My favorite snack is popcorn!

  111. Denise K posted March 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I “Like” Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook.

  112. Denise K posted March 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I Follow @AggiesKitchen on Twitter – @dkpa

  113. Denise K posted March 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I “Like” The Naptime Chef on Facebook.

  114. Denise K posted March 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I follow @TheNaptimeChef on Twitter – @dkpa

  115. Sarah posted March 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Greek yogurt with honey

  116. Jessica posted March 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Green Smoothies:)

  117. Denise K posted March 15, 2012 at 11:24 am
  118. Carol P posted March 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I’m a hummus and baked pita chips or carrot sticks girl for snacks! Add a couple of olives and I’m really, really happy!

  119. Suzanne posted March 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I made this granola tonight and it’s really tasty :)

  120. Jen S. posted March 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    My favorite snack is almonds.

  121. Jen S. posted March 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I like Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook.

  122. Jen S. posted March 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I follow AggiesKitchen on Twitter.

  123. Jen S. posted March 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I like The Naptime Chef on Facebook.

  124. Jen S. posted March 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I follow TheNaptimeChef on Twitter.

  125. athletic avocado posted November 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    wow this looks incredible! love cranberries!

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