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Crunchy Pecan & Cranberry Granola

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Muesli is a very widely consumed product in the Netherlands, from what I gather.

I always thought granola and muesli were the same, but I learned very quickly that must not be the case. Nearly no Dutch person I've met so far understands what I mean when I say, "I make my own homemade granola." But as soon as I say, "muesli" their eyes widen and they nod in understanding.

Needless to say the nutrition geek in me sought out to research the difference between these two terms.

Here are my findings for you, simplified.

Dietitian's Definition: Both granola and muesli typically consist of oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. The main differences are as follows: GRANOLA: includes an added sweetener and oil (therefore higher calorie) and baked/cooked

MUESLI: free from added sugars and oils (therefore lower calorie), and usually uncooked; lovingly referred to as the "healthier sibling" of granola

Making this crunchy granola is super simple and ready in only 5 easy steps:

Step 1: gather ingredients.

Step 2: mix together the dry ingredients, and separately mix together the wet ingredients.

Step 3: add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated (do not add the dried fruit).

Step 4: bake until lightly golden brown and allow to cool.

Step 5: once cooled add the dried fruit, mix to incorporate, and enjoy!

How easy is that?

So what to do with all this granola?

Here's an idea: I used mine recipe to make this delicious breakfast yogurt parfait (also makes for a great snack)

... seriously, I have this almost every morning.

... the presentation may change, but the general ideas is much the same

Enjoy!

 

Crunchy Pecan & Cranberry Granola

Recipe PDF

▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free

Yield: 16 servings Prep Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 40 min Total Time: 50 min