Morning Glory Farm’s Almond Crunch Granola Recipe

by Maris Callahan on September 22, 2009

almond crunch granola recipe

Recently I was contacted by the publisher of the new Morning Glory Farm cookbook and offered a copy to review. The book is about a family farm on Martha’s Vineyard and shares stories of how the farm became one of the most popular in the area. The best part about the book, aside from it’s glossy pictures that will make you wish you could eat the pages, is the recipe collection: 70 of the family’s most treasured recipes.

Although the zucchini bread that Kristen made pratically called my name, it was a granola recipe that caught my eye. I left the book sitting open on my kitchen table for about a week and a half (because you can do that when you live alone) before I finally made the recipe on a Sunday afternoon.

almond crunch granola recipe

The best part about this granola is that it pulls double duty: a substantial snack or a breakfast cereal, chock full of almonds and cranberries (the original recipe called for dates but I had cranberries on hand so that’s what I used. I could make so many jokes here about how I DON’T HAVE ANY DATES but I’m going to refrain).

almond crunch granola recipe

Almond Crunch Granola

Ingredients:

10 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
3 cups sunflower seeds
3/4 cup sesame seeds
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups maple syrup
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 cup canola oil
2 cups sliced or slivered almonds
2 cups chopped dried fruit (such as medjool dates, raisins, cranberries)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix all ingredients except nuts and dates together and spread on two deep sided baking sheets or roasting pans. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring once.

2. Reduce heat to 250 degrees F and continue baking for up to an hour (depending on the strength of your oven) or until nearly brown, stirring frequently. Add almonds and bake another thirty minutes.

3. Remove from oven and stir in dates. Cool thoroughly and store in air-tight containers.

*I quartered this recipe because if I didn’t like it, I didn’t want to wind up with 20 cups of granola but could have easily made more. I loved it and know it’s going to become a breakfast staple. I might suggest halving it but if you have a family of eaters, go for the whole thing!

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Joanne September 22, 2009 at 7:18 am

I personally would be running around screaming the I don’t have any dates comment. I may still do that lol. Granola is one of my favorite snack foods and this cookbook sounds awesome. It’s so cool that they sent it to you to review!

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kat September 22, 2009 at 9:36 am

Oh that looks so good & homemade granola is so much better from you than the store bought

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brandi September 22, 2009 at 10:05 am

wow, that granola looks great. I love cranberries in granola – so sweet and chewy.

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Joie de vivre September 22, 2009 at 11:21 am

Maris,
I’m always looking for new granola recipes! How fun for you to get to review the cookbook! Don’t worry, the camping recipes are almost finished on my site! :)

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Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. September 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm

A brilliant marketing move to offer bloggers to get to review a cookbook! And fun to get a book as a gift!
Home made granola tastes so much better than any store-bought. This recipe sounds dlicious.

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Daryl September 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm

This is a perfect fall dish and the combination of maple syrup and vanilla is making me want to try this NOW!

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kate September 22, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I really love good homemade granola. I think we would love this.
Btw, I didn’t even THINK anything about the ‘no dates’ thing. If you hadn’t said anything…… :-)

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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) September 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm

The book is lovely, and makes me want to hop on the ferry to the Vineyard. The dried cranberries make this granola even more “New England.”

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Christina September 23, 2009 at 9:32 am

I think I’d like it with cranberries better than dates anyways. It looks amazing!

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Kerstin September 26, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Sounds like a wonderful cookbook! The granola sounds so good with both the sunflower and sesame seeds – yum!

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Maria October 19, 2009 at 10:25 am

I love homemade granola. Great breakfast!

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Jeri April 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

This is my favorite granola recipe. I use raisins and cranberries. I actually forgot about it in the oven and left it for a little long last time. It tasted wonderful since I browned it a little more. Highly recommended!I eat it with vanilla yogurt!

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