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Zesty Orange and Cranberry Granola

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Cranberries… they are zesty, tangy, and bursting with red freshness!  They evoke autumn hues and a celebratory flavor.  When you think of fresh cranberries does your mouth pucker just at the mere thought of them as mine does?  I have been doing some interesting reading on cranberries and I want you to know that we need to embrace that lip puckering sourness.  Sour taste increases bile production from the liver.  Bile breaks up fat into little tiny bits that are easier to digest, a process called emulsification.   By flushing bile, sour taste assists the liver in detoxifying the blood.  Cranberries are also high in antioxidants which detoxifies free radicals.  In this recipe I added the complimentary flavor of orange as well.  Did you know that orange zest stimulates metabolism and reduces stomach stagnation?

Make a batch of this granola and once it is done, enjoy the sumptuous flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.  Just be aware that without you even realizing it … a whole host of wonderful health benefits are taking place in your body.  Sneaky huh? :)

For the spices in this recipe I used the contents of the Fire Light Chai Tea bags.  I simply cut the bags open and poured them into my batter.  I love using teas in this manner because you can find really unique flavor combinations.

Enjoy!

Ingredients: yields 8 cups

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 orange, segmented, flesh only
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp liquid stevia

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled, gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup raw hazel nuts
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 bags Fire Light Chai Tea, contents only

Preparation:

  1. In the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, pulse together the; cranberries, apple sauce, orange flesh and zest and stevia.  Pulse just enough times to break up the cranberries but don’t over process into a sauce.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss together; oats, nuts, raisins and the contents of the tea bags.
  3. Combine the cranberry mixture and dry ingredients together until everything is well coated.
  4. Spread batter on the teflex sheets that come with the dehydrator and dry at 115 degrees for 6-8 hours, or until dry.
  5. Store in an airtight container.  This will keep well in the freezer too.

 

Ideas & Options ~

  • Don’t have access to fresh cranberries?  You can use dried cranberries, which will be sweeter or you can use organic frozen cranberries.  Defrost and drain any liquid from the bag before using.
  • Tea bags – just to clarify… yes, I just cut open the bag of tea and dumped it straight into the mixture.   I put a link above so you can see exactly what I used.  You can order it through Amazon or you can check your local grocery store.

 

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6 thoughts on “Zesty-Orange-and-Cranberry-Granola

  1. Joan says:

    Hi Ami-Sue

    I just bought two packages of Gopal’s Nature’s Gift cookies (one cookie per pkg). One is made of hazelnuts, ground, and mixed with dried cherries and dates. The other is an almond/raisin/raw coconut nectar/date/cardamom cookie. I am going to try to duplicate these….wondered if you had seen these and also were inspired to create your own version.
    Thanks for your great website!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Joan, I haven’t seen those cookies that you speak of but they sure sound good :) I bet you can do it! Keep me posted if you need any help. Have a great weekend, amie sue

  2. Marlene says:

    I used fresh rhubarb from my garden instead of cranberries. I figured it would be a good trade off since cranberries and rhubarb are on the tart side. I added more apples and fresh strawberries. It was super good!!!!

    • amie-sue says:

      That sounds delicious Marlene! I love rhubarb, now I need to make a rhubarb granola. hehe Have a blessed and wonderful day, amie sue

  3. Yasmin says:

    Would this work as granola bars as well?

    • amie-sue says:

      It just might Yasmin, just make sure you have enough moisture and press it together good and firm. I haven’t tried it but most granola recipes are pretty versatile. Have a great day, amie sue

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