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Fisher Nuts Giveaway and Crunchy Nut Granola

by on January 13, 2012 · 94 comments

Hey, hey! It’s a giveaway! As a reminder that nutrient dense nuts are a pretty healthy addition to your diet, Fisher Nuts is giving one Cookie Madness reader two nice sized portions of almonds packaged in their Freshness Seal Bags.

For a chance at finding some almonds in your mailbox, just leave a comment saying your favorite use for almonds. I’ll give you a hint at what mine is — it starts with “g” and ends with “ranola”. This giveaway ends Sunday at midgnight.

Panda Bento Box with  Granola

As mentioned, I really like the Crunchy Cranberry Granola from Fisher’s new website. The first time I made it I used the full 1/3 cup of oil, but lately I’ve been making it with half the amount of oil and 1 egg white. I’ve also nixed the fruit and added more nuts! Here’s my version of Fisher’s recipe. The psyllium husks are completely optional, but I bought some and it seems to be a nice fibrous addition to granola.

Chunky Nut Granola

1 egg white
3 tablespoons of your favorite vegetable oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons molasses (or use 1 tablespoon and add an extra T. of maple)
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking)
1/2 cup Fisher® Chef’s Naturals Walnuts Halves and Pieces, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup Fisher® Chef’s Naturals Sliced Almonds
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1 tablespoons psyllium husks (optional)
1/4 cup Fisher® Dried Sweetened Cranberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick foil.

In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg white. Add the oil, maple syrup, molasses, almond extract and cinnamon; stir well.

In second bowl stir together the oats, walnuts, almonds and coconut. Add the psyllium (if using). Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and toss to coat.

Spread oat mixture thinly and evenly onto the pan and bake 18 to 20 minutes (mine usually takes 25) or until golden brown; stirring halfway through baking.

Remove from oven; cool slightly. Stir in cranberries; cool completely.

Note: It comes out of the oven a little soft, but should crisp as it cools. If your granola is not as crisp as you like it, Just return granola to the oven (just the part that’s not crisp enough, of course) and bake for another 5 minutes at 325. If your granola is cooking too fast, try baking at 300F.

Update: For anyone interested in that panda, we bought ours off Amazon. It’s a bento box.

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Published on January 13, 2012
Beth January 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I just eat them!

Tracy January 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

My favorite new way to use almonds is in crunchy cranberry granola. The flavors of cranberry and cinnamon do go well together.

Jodie January 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I love almonds plain. That is when they are the best!
Followed by a very close second is Granola!

gwen January 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I eat them raw as a snack everyday!

Katie January 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I love almonds covered in dark chocolate!

jacquie January 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

eat them. yummmy and good for one. and i do bake w/ them also of course.

Dee January 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Topping for frozen yogurt!

jenssery January 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

dark chocolate covered, please!

Alicia Keen January 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

i love roasting them. smells so good!

Susie D. January 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Right now I like them inside a Toblerone bar the best! :)

Angela January 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I like the “g” followed by “ranola” usage, too. Nice.

jenni January 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Definitely in granola too!

Pat January 14, 2012 at 1:05 am

I like to eat them plain! but i also love almond milk – its so yummy

Erin M. January 14, 2012 at 7:19 am

I love putting them in granola, too!

Angie January 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

I love them on top of yogurt and fruit…they’re crunchy and make it seem like an ice cream sundae!

Kathie January 14, 2012 at 7:38 am

my go to healthy snack for lunch every day!

Sondra January 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

I love baking it into English Tofffee.

Julie L January 14, 2012 at 8:29 am

love to eat right from the can :)

debcurlydog January 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

I love just cracking them open and eating them!

Anonymous January 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

I am with you, I love making homemade granola. I always add tons of coconut and as many different nuts as I can find. Warm granola over yogurt is divine.

pitpat January 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

I sprinkle slivered almonds on the chocolate frosting of a chocolate cherry cake. YUM!

Gloria January 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

I like them in paste, sliced on top of bars, slivered mixed into mandel cookies, and roasted right out of the can!

Kim Bouchard January 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

In chocolate, Farina Pudding and Toffee Almond Sandies cookies!

CindyD January 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

I think I would look for a coffeecake recipe.

Kari January 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Roasted & salted. Yummy.

Joey January 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

In ice cream!

Megan January 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Roasted & salted almonds are my favorite go to snack no matter what time of day!

Jacqie January 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I always add almonds into every biscotti recipe.

Upstate NY Native January 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Roasted & salted, on ice cream, granola, added to my oatmeal are 4 of my favorites.

delia January 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I like them straight up!

susitravl January 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I put them on my salad.

Kathy G. January 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I just eat them plain!

gail January 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

I like to make cocoa-dusted almonds and eat them as a snack

dave January 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

I like to eat them plain

kazue January 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

Like to put them in salads

roxy January 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

Almond cookies!

marian January 15, 2012 at 7:20 am

As a healthy topping on ice cream

Elisabeth January 15, 2012 at 7:31 am

I guess I’m not very creative, I just like to eat them plain! :)

Rachel January 15, 2012 at 8:55 am

I like using them in cookies, especially oatmeal cookies, instead of walnuts. They are pretty good in rhubarb bread too.

Betsy January 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

My favorite way to use almonds is in almond crescent cookies.

Denise January 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Hey Anna! We did you get the panda bowl? I love it! Thanks!

Anna January 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Hi Denise,
It’s a panda bento box. It’s not big enough to hold a full lunch, but rather just the right size for a side dish or small salad. There’s a special compartment where you put a little bag of ice so whatever’s in the bento stays cold. Here’s the link.

page January 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

oh god definitely in granola!!!

Jenny January 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm

i love almonds toasted and plain! but granola is definitely my next favorite way to eat them

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