Raisin Nut Granola

This raisin nut granola is chock-full of mixed nuts, giving it a bit more of a protein boost than you’d usually find in this breakfast and snack favorite.

Raisin Nut Granola // Savvy Eats

I think I’m in full-fledged nesting mode. I’m walking this fine line between wanting to DO ALL OF THE THINGS and you know, actually having the energy to do those things.  When you’re trying to not only get caught up on work, but ahead of schedule in anticipation of maternity leave, and also unpack a three-bedroom house, set up a nursery, take all the childbirth/infant care classes, stay active, build up a social network and actually enjoy your last few weeks as a family of two, things can be exhausting. So I’m trying to find balance in where I focus my energy.

The top priorities right now are spending quality time with Dan and our existing family and friends and prepping for the baby.  We’ve got the essentials unpacked and organized in the new house, so I’m turning my focus to setting up the baby’s room. If we get more unpacking done after the nursery is ready, that’s great, and if not…it can wait.

One of the easiest ways for me to get ready for the whirlwind that is coming in March is to double up a lot of my cooking. I make double or triple batches of a few dinner recipes each week, and freeze the leftovers. And I’ve been craving granola anyways lately, so I make big batches and freeze half as soon as the granola is cool. It’s a win-win – it doesn’t take any extra time for me, and it means we already have a few jars of raisin nut granola in the freezer, ready to go.

Raisin Nut Granola // savvyeat.com

This raisin nut granola is a favorite lately. It is based off of my nutty granola, but with fewer ingredients, all of which should be easy to find. We’re still restocking the pantry over here, so I wanted to keep things simple. Packed with nuts, two types of raisins and oats, it should be a healthy, hearty snack this spring!

Raisin Nut Granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 12-16

Raisin Nut Granola

This raisin nut granola is chock-full of mixed nuts, giving it a bit more of a protein boost than you’d usually find in this breakfast and snack favorite.

Adapted from my nutty granola .

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups raw mixed nuts
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 11" x 13" baking pans.
  2. Stir the oats and nuts together in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the brown sugar, coconut oil, honey and salt together in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, whisking constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is beginning to bubble at the edges.
  4. Pour the coconut oil mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well to fully coat the oats and nuts. Divide the granola between the two prepared pans, spreading it into even layers.
  5. Bake the granola at 350F for 20 minutes, stirring the granola and rotating the pans between racks about halfway through.
  6. Stir in the dried fruit, and bake for another 10 minutes, until the granola is beginning to brown and toast.
  7. While the granola bakes, line a few wire racks with parchment paper. Spread the granola over the parchment paper to dry in even layers and cool.
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Here’s how to freeze granola for later!

 

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Build-Your-Own Trail Mix


Game nights require snacks that are easy to eat one-handed without being messy. A DIY trail mix bar is perfect for long nights of gaming!

Game nights require snacks that are easy to eat one-handed without being messy. A DIY trail mix bar is perfect for long nights of gaming! // savvyeat.com

Our friends Adam and Laura are visiting all week, which can only mean one thing – lots and lots of board game playing! We’re now working around nap times and bedtimes for their little girl, but we’ve still managed to squeeze in at least 2-3 games a day during her sleeping hours. We’re nothing if not determined to get in all the game time we can!

We’re also ramping up our game time with our other friends as well. Now that the weather is getting decidedly more chilly, more and more of our social activities are headed indoors. Hosting game nights are one of our favorite ways to entertain because they can be as low-key or energetic as you’d like – it all comes down to the games you choose!

NatureBox snacks are a great addition to any homemade trail mix // savvyeat.com

Because it is nearly impossible for me to entertain without providing some sort of handmade food or drink, I’ve been on the search for more game night-friendy snack options. This means snacks that are easy to eat with one hand between turns. They also shouldn’t require piles of napkins – nobody wants to wash their hands between every turn!

Snack mix and candied nuts are obvious choices, but I’ve been wanting to find something a bit more interactive and fun to serve. So when NatureBox offered to send me a few of their snacks to try, I realized that a DIY trail mix bar would be perfect.  I’d put out my NatureBox goodies with a bunch of bite-sized sweet and savory snacks and let people build their own mix!

Naturebox Snacks // savvyeat.com

The NatureBox snacks were a perfect addition to our trail mixes. I chose a variety of their sweet and savory options: praline pumpkin seeds, honey crunch crisps, oat bran dipping’ stix, baked cheddar potato sticks and mango orange fruit chews. All of the crunchy snacks arrived fresh and crisp, while the fruit chews were specially packaged so that they didn’t become rock hard before we could eat them. The honey crunch crisps were my favorite, with a subtle sweetness that would work well in both sweet and savory mixes. But I’m also enamored with the praline pumpkin seeds – I think they’d be good in pancakes, too!

If you want to make a build-your-own trail mix bar for your next party, here are some snack ideas:

Anything bite-sized from the NatureBox catalog

Mini marshmallows

Chocolate chips or candies

Raisins or other dried fruit

Candied nuts (I also like NatureBox’s sweet blueberry almonds, based on past experience!)

Crystallized ginger

Shredded coconut

Cheese crackers

Air-popped popcorn

Breakfast cereal

Granola

Pretzels

Roasted nuts or seeds

Just put everything out in small bowls or ramekins, give your guests some bowls and let them go to town!

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