Soft-Baked Honey Orange Granola

If you are a fan of granola, then you are going to love this soft-baked honey orange granola. It’s the perfect topping for yogurt parfaits, cottage cheese, or fruit.

The Story Behind Honey Orange Granola

Can you believe that I have never made homemade granola before? I actually love granola, but I may have become slightly addicted to this Chocolate Granola you can buy at Target. It’s seriously so delicious.

But guess what, I created this soft-baked honey orange granola that I love just as much, if not more than that Target granola.

I got the idea to make granola after we had invited the sister missionaries over from our church for dinner. One of them has Celiac Disease and can’t have gluten. While she was here she said when she first got to Portugal, she craved granola because everything here had gluten in it. In fact, her mom made some for her and shipped it all the way over here to Portugal so she could have granola.

Much to her dismay, the import taxes were so incredibly high on this homemade granola that it had to go all the way back to the States. When she was telling me this story, I thought well I should just make her some!

I made this and then realized the oats I used weren’t certified gluten free. So I’ll try again soon, and hopefully before she leaves in just one week!

The great thing about this recipe is you can interchange the dried fruit and nuts with your favorites and it will still taste delicious.

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Soft-Baked Honey Orange Granola

If you are a fan of granola, then you are going to love this soft-baked honey orange granola. It's the perfect topping for yogurt parfaits, cottage cheese, or fruit.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 1 cup dried apricots, sliced
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 orange, zested
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Using a cutting board, slice the dried apricots into small pieces and chop the pecans. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl add the melted the butter. Mix in the honey, vanilla, zest of 1 orange, cinnamon, salt, and fresh squeezed juice. Mix together until incorporated.
  • Next, mix in the oats, pecans, craisins, and apricots.
  • Pour the mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. Preferably in one thick layer.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. I prefer to stir it every 5 minutes so the portion on the outside doesn't get to crunchy or burnt.
  • Let it cool completely before using or storing.

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