Granola is one of those things you can have for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dessert…basically any time of day. And this Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Granola is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest because it’s essentially COOKIE GRANOLA! It's everything you use to make my favorite chocolate oatmeal cookies, but transformed into granola. You’ll be obsessed. It’s that good! Serve it up over a bowl of your favorite yogurt. Eat it like trail mix when you need a quick snack. I mean, you could even enjoy it crumbled on top of a bowl of ice cream. No judgement here! Enjoy!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Granola
3 cups old fashion oats
¾ cups cashews, roughly chopped
¾ cups almond, roughly chopped
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
¼ cups honey or agave nectar
⅔ cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cups Chocolate Chunks
½ cups Dried Cranberries or Dried Cherries or BOTH!
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, cashews, almonds, coconut, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, honey and brown sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour the butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine until everything is well coated.
Spread the granola mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving a few large clumps.
Bake the granola for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and break up the pieces to ensure even baking. Place the baking sheet back into the oven for another 10 minutes.
Remove the sheet pan from the oven and give it one more toss to break up some of the pieces and place back into the oven for the last 10 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool completely. Once cooled, add the chocolate chunks and the dried cranberries. Give it a quick toss with a spoon and then package into mason jars or brown paper bags to store.