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

by Aggies Kitchen on March 10, 2012

**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.

Additional Entries can be earned by:

(leave a separate comment after you complete each item, each comment will count as an entry)

1. “Like” Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook. (if you already a fan, let me know, that counts as an entry!)

2. Follow @AggiesKitchen on Twitter (if you already follow, let me know, that counts as an entry!)

3. “Like” The Naptime Chef on Facebook.

4. Follow @TheNaptimeChef on Twitter

5. Share about giveaway on Twitter: “I want to win The Naptime Chef cookbook from @aggieskitchen http://su.pr/19C84T #giveaway ”

6. Share about giveaway on Facebook with link to this post.

7. Subscribe to Aggie’s Kitchen RSS feed.

 

(and of course…I’m required to tell you…)

Disclaimer: I received my own copy for review for this giveaway but as always my opinions on this blog are always my own.

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

Just shared giveaway on facebook.

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Mike 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.

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Jaimee March 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

My favorite snack is carrots and hummus

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Katie March 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

yogurt & apples

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Katie March 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

I like you on Facebook.

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

My favorite snack is honey-roasted peanuts.

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

I like Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook.

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

I follow @AggiesKitchen on Twitter.

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

I like The Naptime Chef on Facebook.

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

I follow @TheNaptimeChef on Twitter.

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

I tweeted.

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

I share about giveaway on Facebook.

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

I subscribe to Aggie’s Kitchen RSS feed.

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Josie March 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

Liked you on F.B.

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Josie March 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

Liked Naptime Chef on F. B.

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Michelle murphy March 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

My favorite snack is cheese and crackers!

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Michelle murphy March 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

I liked your Facebook page

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Michelle murphy March 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

I’m following you on Twitter!

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Michelle murphy March 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

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

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Josie March 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

subscribed to Aggie’s Kitchen RSS Feed

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

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

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Morgan March 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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

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Jamie 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.

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Jamie March 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I am a FB fan of Aggie’s Kitchen : )

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Jamie March 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

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

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Jamie March 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I am a FB fan of The Naptime Chef.

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Jamie March 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I subscribe to Aggie’s Kitchen RSS feed.

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Jamie March 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I am following Naptime Chef on Twitter.

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amanda March 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

apples and almond butter

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amanda March 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I subscribe to emails

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

I am a facebook fan!

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

I am a facebook fan of the Naptime Chef

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

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

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Sanjeeta kk March 12, 2012 at 1:27 am

Such healthy and yummy bars!

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SANDY March 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

popcorn with fresh parm cheese

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Miranda March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

We love bananas and peanut butter

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Miranda March 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

I like Naptime on FB

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Samantha 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 :-)

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Samantha March 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I like you on facebook!

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Samantha March 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I follow you on twitter :-)

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Samantha March 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I like The Naptime Chef on facebook

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Samantha March 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I follow @thenaptimechef on twitter

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natalie March 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

peanut butter and apple slices… mmmm

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Bree 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!

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Melissa Cooley 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.

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Cherie Mistretta March 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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

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Charissa March 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I love whole wheat crackers with organic PB and honey!

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Shaunna Ulrick March 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm

i have been on a blueberry kick lately :)

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Marla March 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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

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Ina 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….

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