Winners! Super Crunchy Granola

Hope everyone is set for Christmas by now!  This year is a weird one for me – no one is coming over, Tony is still eating bland food and its weird not to be spending most of the day in my kitchen making a big feast!  Pretty sure I am not going to be making a crown roast for one, so I may just have a bowl of leftover chicken noodle soup and some crunchy bread.

I am making a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning, it would feel like Christmas without it. 😀

Now onto the winners of the Chobani!  I used, and it chose these numbers:

13 – Amanda at Getting to Goal

15 – Joanne (blog reader) 😀

54 – Marie at Feeding Five (you need to check out her 2011 Christmas card – so cute!)

Congrats!  Send me your mailing address to and I’ll forward it to Chobani.

I knew I wasn’t going to have time to make my boss granola before I was off for the long weekend.  She tends to like really crunchy granola, but I hadn’t been too successful.

I decided to toss the granola in a sugar syrup before baking and it worked!

Supa Crunchy Granola

  • each 2/3 cup serving is 7 PointsPlus


  • 5 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Combine everything but the water and 3/4 cup brown sugar and chocolate chips in a large bowl.  Heat oven to 300 degrees.  Put the water and brown sugar in a pan and bring to a boil.  Once at a boil, stir occassionally for about 5 minutes – you want to make sure the sugar has all dissolved.

Pour the hot sugar mixture over the granola and mix really well.  Divide the granola between two jelly rimmed pans, and bake for 40 minutes, mixing the granola and switching the pans.  Once cool, add the chocolate chips and store in an air tight container.

This is the only granola I’ve made that’s stayed crunchy – usually its crunchy when its cooled, but when I’ve put it in a container before, it just gets soft again. Success!

I am going to make a similar version today, but with pumpkin and slivered almonds. 😀

I probably won’t post again until Monday – I just want to thank everyone who takes the time to stop by my little corner of the world, your emails, support and comments are much appreciated!



18 thoughts on “Winners! Super Crunchy Granola

  1. Merry Christmas Biz! I found your blog this year and so far it’s a pleasure reading it. Look forward to more of it.

  2. LOL, that dog looks like Paco! Merry Christmas, Biz!

  3. Merry Christmas Biz!

  4. It will be a different holiday and meal for you but I know you and Tony will be happy spending the day together.

    Thank you for posting all of your amazing recipes and sharing the ups and downs of your life with us readers. Coming to your blog is always a breath of fresh air!

    Happy Holidays Biz! Wishing you Tony and your family a very blessed holiday.

  5. Hope you have a very merry Christmas! 🙂

  6. Merry Christmas BIZ!!

    (I work retail…and actually lucked out this year. I have Saturday, Sunday, and was surprised with Monday off too…since they have to pay us for New Years…I get an extra day off next week) This is my first Christmas Eve off in 5 years..WOOHOO

  7. Have a wonderful Christmas Biz!

  8. Merry Christmas, Biz! The granola looks WONDERFUL! I love the applesauce in there 🙂

  9. YEAHHHHHHH!!!!!! I never win anything, I am so excited!!!! Even when I was on the Price is Right (many years ago) I was the last one called up and only got to bid once and of course someone bid right above me and I lost. Merry Christmas to me! Thanks so much Biz!

    Tonight & tomorrow will be low key dinners for us as well because we’ve had my brothers all week and since my mom grew up on a farm she feels the need to have steak, potatoes and huge dinners every night for them. I am tired of cooking. We are having salad topped with a roast chicken I bought at Walmart today.

    Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. YAYYYYYYY! For winners. 😀

    The Christmas pic’ about did me in. You certainly saved one of the best for last. Gosh that is funny.

    Take care and a Merry Christmas to you all. 😀

  11. Merry christmas!!!! The granola sounds fantastic

  12. Merry Christmas, Biz! That granola looks amazing.
    That picture says it all! Hysterical!! Haha.

  13. hahahha my whole family is dying at that awkward christmas card.
    Merry Christmas, Biz!
    I can’t wait to try this granola. My dad LOVED your cherry sesame one .. this one sounds like a winner too!

  14. Ok I feel the need to mention that’s the weirdest picture

  15. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas

  16. Great looking granola. Congrats to the winners. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

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