Apricot Almond Granola {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

by alexandra

Apricot Almond Granola - loaded with clusters of honey-sweetened almonds and oats, plus tangy dried apricots for a big flavor boost. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Fact: The apricot-almond combo will forever be a winner.

It makes some of the best scones I’ve ever had, a galette that tastes like heaven in your mouth, and now a KILLER granola. I don’t know how it took me so long to realize that these flavors belong in a granola recipe, but thank goodness I finally had this epiphany. I’ve made many, many batches of granola over the years and this is without a doubt one of my favorites. (It’s right up there with this chocolate one, which means you know it has to be pretty dang good.)

Apricot Almond Granola - loaded with clusters of honey-sweetened almonds and oats, plus tangy dried apricots for a big flavor boost. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

So if you haven’t noticed, I can’t seem to make up my mind as to whether I want to be on a healthy streak orrrrr just forget about it and make sugar cookie dough truffles all the time. Healthy recipe brainstorming just seems to be a lost cause on me right now, but the dessert ideas are a-plenty. That’s part of the reason why I’m REAL excited about this granola; it’s healthy, it’s yummy, and it works as breakfast or a snack ➝ that’s what I call a good deal. There’s all those honey-sweetened clusters of almonds and oats, tangy bits of dried apricot, and this intense almond flavor throughout thanks to that magical little ingredient called almond extract that I ♡♡♡.

Apricot Almond Granola - loaded with clusters of honey-sweetened almonds and oats, plus tangy dried apricots for a big flavor boost. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I also think it should be said that as much as everybody seems to like their granola with yogurt or milk, I’ve become a big fan of eating it straight-up — kinda like you’d eat trail mix, except a million times better. This one is pretty much amazing any which way, but do yourself a favor and just grab a handful to eat without the mix-ins. The way you think about granola will FOREVER be changed – no joke. ;)

Apricot Almond Granola - loaded with clusters of honey-sweetened almonds and oats, plus tangy dried apricots for a big flavor boost. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Apricot Almond Granola

Cook Time: 35 minutes

about 4 cups

Apricot Almond Granola

A crunchy mix of honey-sweetened almonds and oat clusters plus tangy dried apricots.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces (1/4 cup) honey
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) unrefined coconut oil
  • 7 1/2 ounces (1 1/2 cups) chopped dried apricots
  • 5 1/4 ounces (1 1/2 cups) slivered almonds
  • 4 3/8 ounces (1 1/2 cups) old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the honey and coconut oil for 30-60 seconds, until coconut oil has melted. Set aside to cool briefly.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together the dried apricots, almonds, oats, and salt.
  4. While whisking, add egg white to honey and oil mixture. Whisk in almond extract. Add to dry ingredients and mix in until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
  5. Transfer granola mixture to prepared baking sheet and spread out in a large "O" shape, patting down firmly with the back of a spatula and leaving the center of the tray empty. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes.
  6. Turn off oven. Gently break granola up and return to oven with the door propped open until granola cools. Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature.
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Ashley February 19, 2015

I love these pictures!! Gorgeous! And the granola sounds fantastic too! Love that you used apricot – it’s something I really don’t use enough of!
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alexandra February 19, 2015

Aw thanks so much Ashley! :)

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The Steaming Pot July 25, 2015

Love that bit about eating your granola straight up. I do exactly the same these days. When I get back from work, a handful of granola out of the box is the first thing I reach out for :-)
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alexandra July 27, 2015

YES! I actually prefer it to granola with yogurt these days… maybe I’m just weird haha.

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