Wednesday, June 1, 2011

mango cranberry granola

after four days, moving three apartments, and much sweating, we are finally at our first stop : memphis!

the best part? riding in a 24 foot truck and hitting every bump in the road that arkansas has to offer.

whew! moving is hard. but we're here with family, friends and a sweet pool for a brief respite.

if traveling is in your future, you might need a good granola recipe for the road. just sayin'!

i've been experimenting with granola recipes for over a year and i FINALLY have one that i am proud of. really excited about this! put any combination of dried fruits and nuts with this and make it your own.

back on the road! i'll be back in a few days! don't worry!

6 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup flax seed
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup olive oil
1 tbs vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried mango, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries

- combine oats, germ, seeds and salt.
- in separate bowl, combine maple syrup, olive oil, and vanilla. add to dried mixture.
- spread onto two baking sheets and bake at 250 for 2 hours, turning after the first hour.
- allow to cool in pan before incorporating dried fruit. store in airtight container!


  1. Ah, I see that you drove after all. I used to take the car between Dallas and NoVA. Tennessee is lovely but Arkansas a bit bleak. I'd ususally stop in Memphis, which I always thought was incredible, esp driving there from Arkansas. That pyramid on the Missisippi rises out of nothing and really is a stunner. I haven't read yet: did you go to Graceland? The Jungle Room is a lot less impressive than I expected but I loved the private jet.

    Your granola looks fine and you're right: perfect for a long drive. Adding dried mango with cranberries sounds especially tasty.

  2. My in-laws are in Memphis and I keep begging someone to take me to Graceland but it hasn't happened yet - this Christmas, I'll do it alone!

    Sadly, they no longer use the pyramid for anything, or so I have been told - since the construction of the FedEx Forum? C'mon, Memphis - get it together!