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Cranberry white chocolate granola is an easy, delicious, and festive baked granola that’s perfect for healthy holiday breakfasts and snacking!
This nasty cold has been keeping its claws in me but I’m on the upswing and it’s a good thing because I’m headed to Nashville today with some of my girl friends!
None of us have been and we are going to explore the town, eat all the food, find all the yummy drinks, soak up the culture and listen to some amazing music. 🍽🥃🎤💃
And Friday is my birthday so we’ll celebrate that while we’re there! 🎉🎉
It’s a little strange to be away from my family on my birthday, but these girls are pretty much like family to me, so I’m going to be in good hands.
But I gotta finish packing before they come pick me up for the airport, so I’m keeping it short today.
Today’s recipe is one of my favorites for holiday breakfasts, brunches and just snacking!
Cranberry white chocolate granola is beautiful, festive and crazy addictive!
I think it’s the balance of salty and sweet and the desire to just keep getting more crunchy bites with those tart dried cranberries and melty white chocolate chips.
Again and again and again!
I’ve had this out at parties and the entire batch gets demolished – people just keep coming back for more!
This granola is full of oats and nuts, is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and is lightened up with just a tiny bit of oil. (I use applesauce to help get everything well coated without going overboard on the calorie front. 👍)
It’s baked until golden brown and then the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips are added for sweetness and a pretty holiday flare! ❤️
The white chocolate chips also get slightly melted against the warm granola, which helps coat all the bites even after it’s cooled.
Notes on cranberry white chocolate granola:
- I use 1/2 cup of chopped pecans for this recipe. You can substitute walnuts if you’d rather. And if you like a really nutty granola, feel free to increase it to 3/4 cup or a full cup.
- I use applesauce here to cut down on how much oil is in the recipe – keeps it lightened up. It tastes plenty rich and hearty to me (and isn’t so crazy caloric), but feel free to adjust the amount of oil and applesauce to suit your tastes.
- I love using maple syrup here. It’s got a more complex flavor and pairs well with the flavors, but you can substitute honey if that’s all you have.
- The white chocolate chips make this extra pretty and festive I think, but you could use regular chocolate chips if that’s all you have.
I hope your upcoming holidays are full of friends and family and of course, good eats!
P.S. This granola would also make an awesome gift for family, friends, neighbors and teachers this holiday season!
If you like a really nutty granola, feel free to increase the pecans or walnuts to 3/4 cup or a full cup. I use applesauce here to cut down on how much oil is in the recipe - it keeps it lightened up. But feel free to adjust the amount of oil and applesauce to suit your tastes.
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 83mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
If you like a really nutty granola, feel free to increase the pecans or walnuts to 3/4 cup or a full cup.
I use applesauce here to cut down on how much oil is in the recipe - it keeps it lightened up. But feel free to adjust the amount of oil and applesauce to suit your tastes.