Snack Like a Southerner: Cranberry Orange Pecan Granola

Cranberry Orange Pecan Granola by Amy's Healthy Baking

(amyshealthybaking)

"Ingredients:
1 ½ c old-fashioned oats (or gluten-free)
1 ½ c rice krispies cereal
¼ c orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
½ tbsp oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 egg white, lightly beaten
3 tbsp dried cranberries
2 tbsp chopped pecans

 

Step One:
Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly coat a 9” square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Step Two:
In a large bowl, combine the oats and rice krispies cereal.

Step Three:
In a separate bowl, whisk together the orange juice, orange zest, oil, maple syrup, and egg white. Pour over the cereal, and stir with a spatula until evenly coated.

Step Four:
Spread into the prepared pan, and bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, or until golden and crunchy.

Step Five:
Cool for 5 minutes in the pan before breaking up any large clumps with your fingers. Cool to room temperature; then toss in the dried cranberries and pecans. Store in an airtight container.

**Make sure you stir every 15 minutes! If you wait longer, the granola closest to the edges of the pan will brown too quickly and may acquire a burnt taste. You can also stir every 10 minutes after the first 15 minutes in the oven.

For a vegan version, replace the egg white with an additional 2 tablespoons of orange juice."

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