Then I found this recipe for Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies the other day that is relatively healthy if you are trying to avoid sugar.
(http://practicalstewardship.com/2014/12/05/cranberry-orange-oatmeal-breakfast-cookies/) I liked it okay, but they got too soft for me the next day. I like crunch. Needless to say I have tried several recipes lately. But here is a wonderful crunchy granola recipe I think is a keeper!
CRANBERRY ORANGE SPICE GRANOLA
This orange spice granola is flavored with orange zest, cinnamon and spices,and loaded with sweet cranberries and crunchy nuts. Author: Alissa from Connoisseurusveg.com, with adaptations from RW
• ½ cup orange juice (I used 2 real oranges for this)
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• ¼ cup maple syrup
• ¼ cup almond butter (I used fresh made peanut butter)
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 tsp. orange zest
• ¼ cup coconut oil (or other vegetable oil)
• 3 cups rolled oats (I used a mix of quick and old fashioned)
• 1 cup sliced almonds (I used chopped pecans and walnuts)
• ½ cup shredded coconut
• 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
• 2 tsp. powdered ginger
• 1 tsp. ground star anise* (I did not have)
• ½ tsp. ground cloves
• ¼ tsp. salt
• 1 cup dried cranberries
1 Preheat oven to 300º. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
2 Place orange juice, brown sugar, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla extract and orange zest into small saucepan. Whisk together and bring to a simmer. Simmer over low heat, whisking very frequently, until thick and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in oil.
3 Stir oats, almonds, coconut, spices and salt together in large mixing bowl. Add orange juice mixture and stir until oats are evenly coated.
4 Spread mixture in 2 even layers on baking sheets. Bake until edges become lightly browned, about 35 minutes.
5 Transfer baking sheets to cooling racks. Allow to cool completely. Add cranberries and transfer to airtight storage container.
NOTE: I baked it about 10 minutes longer than suggested and also stirred it a few times to get more surfaces toasted.