Blueberries and Cream Granola - the most delicious granola recipe! Dried blueberries, almonds, coconut, and white chocolate chips!

Did you know that September is Better Breakfast Month? Well it is and I’ve teamed up with California Almonds to make sure your breakfast is better than ever.

It turns out that 50% of women skip breakfast when they are crunched for time. Studies show that those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight, will maintain better cholesterol levels, and live an overall healthier life. So if you are one of those 50% that skip breakfast, almonds are a quick way to get a boost of fiber, protein, and healthy fat.

I have a great almond gift pack to give away to one of y’all but before we get to that, I have the most delicious granola recipe to share. It calls for all my favorites: almonds, dried blueberries, coconut, coconut oil! You could make this over the weekend and have a fantastic breakfast all week long.

Blueberries and Cream Granola - the most delicious granola recipe! Dried blueberries, almonds, coconut, and white chocolate chips!

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  • One jar of almond butter
  • One pound of sliced almonds
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Blueberries and Cream Granola - the most delicious granola recipe! Dried blueberries, almonds, coconut, and white chocolate chips!

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Blueberries & Cream Granola
adapted from The Messy Baker Blog
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, coconut flakes, almonds, salt, and brown sugar.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Slowly pour the mixture over the oats. Fold the wet mixture into the oat mixture until the oats are evenly coated.
  4. Transfer the mixture to your prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown in color. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  6. When the granola is cool, stir in blueberries and white chocolate chips.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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We really, and I mean really, love granola around here. But of course, it’s just not that great for you. All the oil that usually goes into a batch of granola makes it a pretty high calorie snack and let’s face it, no one can stop after just a handful of the tasty stuff.

I’ve made granola with applesauce instead of oil in the past but this is by far my favorite version. It’s loaded with nuts (I used walnuts and pecans) and sunflower seeds which makes it not only yummy but also filling. It’s sweet but not too sweet and you can adjust the dried fruit amount to make it even sweeter if it suits you.

4.5 from 6 votes
Applesauce Granola
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup nuts pecans, walnuts, almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce with the honey and oil over low heat.
  4. Mix the applesauce mixture into the oat mixture and stir to coat everything. Spread the mixture onto a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  5. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is a deep brown. Remove from oven and stir in raisins. Cool completely before enjoying.

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You know how when you have an idea and then it turns into another idea which turns into another then another and then at the end it’s nothing like what you had initially imagined? That’s what happened with these guys. I went into the kitchen to make maple coconut granola and came out with bars that had no maple or coconut in them!

These turned out very well, much better than I expected. They were slightly chewy right out of the oven but they’ve firmed up considerably since then. I put quite a a bit of nuts in them because my husband will take these to work and he needs the protein but feel free to scale back. Also, use whatever nuts you like. Same with the dried fruit, I had dried cranberries but raisins, dried blueberries, dates, anything would work beautifully.

Cranberry Walnut Granola Bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment or grease pan generously.
  2. Combine oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, cranberries, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and salt in a large bowl. In a seperate bowl, combine honey, egg, applesauce, and vanilla extract; add to dry ingredients. Stir well to make sure everything gets moistened.
  3. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the bars start turning golden brown. Cut into bars shortly after coming out of the oven and allow to cool on cooling rack.

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