Take-Home Orange Cranberry Granola

Course Breakfast, Snack
Keyword baking, breakfast, granola, snack, vegan
Servings 6 cups

Ingredients

  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar of your choice
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt OR ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the orange zest and sugar. Using your fingers, rub the orange zest into the sugar until it’s a bright orange color and fragrant.This will really help to release the citrus-y flavors of the zest and infuse the granola.
  3. Combine oats, seeds, pepitas, cinnamon, and orange sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir. Add the coconut oil and maple syrup/honey. Mix well, making sure the dry ingredients are completely coated.
  4. Pour the granola onto prepared baking sheet, spreading evenly. Bake for 24 to 28 minutes. If using honey in place of maple syrup, you may need to reduce cooking time slightly. Halfway through cooking time, stir granola. Remove granola from oven when it is a light golden color, it will continue to crisp on the baking sheet as it cools.
  5. Let the granola cool completely before stirring in the dried cranberries.