Healthy Recipe: Cranberry Nut Granola

shutterstock_712472111Nuts are a great snack, packed with protein, fiber and health-protective plant substances in every bite. Eating just 1½ ounces of your favorite nut each day may reduce your risk of heart disease. Almonds contain the most fiber of all nut varieties and have vitamin E, an antioxidant. If you are craving something seasonal, opt for cranberry nut granola.


1/3 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup sunflower seeds Nonstick cooking spray 1/3 cup maple syrup 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup chopped roasted and salted almonds 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, cranberry juice, and cinnamon over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and salt.
  6. Pour the maple mixture over the oat mixture and stir until combined. Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Stir in the cranberries and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until the mixture begins to brown. Cool completely. Store airtight in a plastic container for up to 1 week.

Source: Food Network

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