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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

{ 94 comments }

Shannon January 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

I love toasting a bunch of almonds and keeping them stored in a container so I can quickly top yogurt or oatmeal with them.

Erin January 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

I love them in salad!

Jennie January 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

Almond crescents without hesitation!

Katrina January 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

Well, I DO love granola. I eat some everyday. But I’m loving macarons right now, so that might be my favorite almond go-to. ;)

Kathy January 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

Almonds are my favorite ingredient in stir-fry!

Dorothea January 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

I love to bake with them – whether ground, sliced, or chopped, I think they make baked goods taste just that much better!

Polly January 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

I use almonds instead of walnuts in my English Toffee at Christmas.

Pat R January 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

I like my almonds straight up!!!

Kyrina January 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I like to chop them and use them on top of ice cream.

Georgianna January 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Macarons! Hands down.

Rachel January 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I always keep a container of homemade trail mix in the pantry to munch on. Each batch is different based on what I have on hand and feel like adding, but there are always almonds in it!

Jacqueline January 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Wasabi dusted almonds!

ladywild January 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I use them a lot. My new favorite love is toasting them and adding them to pancake batter.

JennieM January 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

roasted almonds for me – simple snack

Shaunna Ulrick January 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

straight up by the handful!!!

Juli January 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Snacking straight from the container!

amber January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I love them as a snack, but also in homemade granola with cinnamon and coconut!

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karen January 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I love roasted almonds tossed into a salad if I’m being good, on top of toffee if I’m being not so good.

whitney January 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

almonds in trail mix … the perfect fuel for a hike!

judith January 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I love to bake granola cookies!

Sharon H January 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love them in my salads! Also, for snacking!

Gianna January 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I love them in granola, cereal and cookies. Great as a snack on their own too!

Jennifer January 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I love making almond cream for a French Pear Tart. I also eat them as a snack instead of chips or crackers.

tiffany January 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I just eat almonds straight up. I can’t say that I’ve used them in a recipe, but would love to try something new!

Kara Dykstra January 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I love salted almonds or cocoa roast almonds alone or with a piece of fruit – so delicious! :)

Supergoo January 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

my favorite way to eat almonds is just to toast them and enjoy!

Bethany January 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I like almonds with dried cranberries in homemade granola. :0)

Kelly January 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Covered in dark chocolate!

Jacqui January 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I love almonds by themselves! Or as part of some homemade trail mix!

Rosie January 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I love using almonds to make almond milk!

Sara January 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I really like toasted almonds with caramel popcorn!

Patty January 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I love almonds as a part of homemade poppycock, or just by the handful.

Renee January 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I like almonds in my oatmeal and in my cookies.

Andrea D. January 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I love almonds in a good brownie recipe. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Pam S January 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Almond M & Ms are 1000% better than peanut M & Ms, but for baking I use almonds in my Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake and your RazzMaTazz bars!

suzanne January 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I love to eat almonds plain as a snack. Also great as green beans almondine.

Beth L January 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love toasted almonds straight from my hand to my mouth!!

Heather @ Bake, Run, Live January 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Roasted with a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt!

Joyce Mitchell January 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

My favorite way to eat almonds is right out of the Fisher’s smoked almond can. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sue January 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

My favorite way to eat them is plain but I also love them in granola, or in homemade poppycock. I made an awesome chocolate torte for Christmas that I’ve yet to put on the blog that has almonds. I love them in the Trader Joe’s chocolate almond spread. Really… there isn’t a way I don’t like almonds. Savory, sweet, plain. I love almonds!!

Cindy B. January 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

My favorite way to use almonds is in making caramel corn!

Allison W January 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I love almonds plain but I love to make crustless cranberry pie with almonds instead of the walnuts the recipe calls for!

Darlene January 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I have a recipe called “Vivian’s sesame-almond squares” that I clipped from a Good Housekeeping magazine years ago. It’s easy and delicious. It’s ingredients are simple: graham crackers, butter, sugar, sliced almonds, and sesame seeds. Yum!

Kelli January 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

my favorite is toasting unsalted almonds, rough chopping them & adding to oatmeal.

Cheryl R January 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

My current favorite use of almonds is to mix them with a few Craisins and chocolate chips for a quick trail mix snack.

Carole Resnick January 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Wonderful in salads or ground for breading on fish or chicken,

Carole Resnick January 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Wonderful in salads or ground for breading on fish or chicken,

Martha in KS January 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I portion out almonds in small bags for healthy snacks. For baking, I’ve got several bar cookie recipes that use almonds.

julie January 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Granola is my favorite, too. Mixed with pepitas. Sometimes I use ground almonds as well too boost the flavor.

Michelle January 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

My favorite use for almonds is in homemade almond joy bars.

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