Berries & Cream Granola

by Erin

Weekends are far too short. I remember waking up late morning on Saturday already thinking how little of the weekend was left. Or at least that’s how it felt. But in the amount of weekend that remained, I managed to be told by two different people that I look like Cobie Smulders/Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother (love that show). Now, I’m not often told that I look like anyone, but this was a new one to add to the list. So far there is Lacey Schwimmer when she was a brunette (Dancing with the Stars), Megan Boone only when she was in My Bloody Valentine, and then one rare moment when I was told I looked like Kate Beckinsale in Serendipity (she’s my biggest girl-crush ever so the fact I resembled her for even a fleeting moment made my life haha). From that list and my new addition I have to say I don’t really see the resemblance, but I’m not opposed to others saying I look like any of those ladies :-).

Speaking of  pretty things, lets talk about this granola.The first time I made this, I baked the granola at 375 and had the fruit, nuts and half the white chocolate already mixed in. However, it was nearly burned after just 15 minutes of baking, including the nuts and white chocolate. With the use of coconut oil the end result had a hint of burned popcorn flavor to it which wasn’t so happy. So I reduced the temperature to what I have previously used for granola recipes, and left out all of the nuts, fruit and white chocolate until after baking was completed (which is again how I’ve done it in the past). Another great homemade granola to add to the list!

Thankfully no one has told me I look like a bowl of oats, nuts and dried fruit – yet.


Makes approximately 3.5 cups


2 cups rolled oats, uncooked

1/4 cups wheat germ

2 Tbsp ground flaxseed

1/4 cups shredded coconut

1/4 cups coconut oil

1/2 cups chopped almonds

1/2 cups dried fruit, berry mix

1/4 cups white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine oats, wheat germ, flax, coconut and oil in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and make sure mixture is moistened with coconut oil.
  3. Spread on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5-8 minutes to make sure the granola doesn’t burn.
  4. Once finished, remove from the oven and stir in almonds, dried fruit and white chocolate chips.

Source: Adapted from Tasty Kitchen.

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claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 31, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Berries and cream reminds me of that commercial for Starburst…”berries, berries and WHAT ELSE?” hahaha.

Anyway, this loooks divine!!

Joanne January 31, 2012 - 6:35 am

Being told you look like an attractive celebrity is always fun. I’ve been told Jennifer Lopez…I don’t really see it, but I’ll go with it. :P

This granola sounds fantastic! Definitely something that would get me out of be din the morning.

Living The Sweet Life January 30, 2012 - 8:39 pm

I am a baked granola addict – – no really, I had to stop making it because it wouldn’t even last a day!! I LOVE the stuff.

I figured out the hard way, that it was important to leave out the additions (dried fruits, chocolate, etc) while I baked the granola – – I like my granola extra crunchy so I would always end up with brunt dried fruits. Since then, I make my extra crunchy granola add the fruits after and then dive in!!

AMAZING recipe :)

Miriam @ Overtime Cook January 30, 2012 - 8:13 pm

I love homemade granola! You just put me in the mood. Love the white chocolate chips in there!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 30, 2012 - 7:41 pm

Yum! I love granola! I made a batch this weekend too! I love that you added white chocolate chips, I have yet to add chips to my granola, but I probably should!! I love Cobie Smulder! I love that show too, I hope it’s a new one tonight! Have a great week!!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 30, 2012 - 5:43 pm

I need to make granola! And I love Kate Beckinsale. She is gorgeous!

natalie (the sweets life) January 30, 2012 - 3:27 pm

just today i was thinking about how i need to make some homemade granola–this one sounds great!

Jennifer | Mother Thyme January 30, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Nom, nom, nom! I can’t get enough granola! I eat it everyday usually as a snack with yogurt. Its my favorite and this looks delish! :)

Ashley @PeaceLoveYumminess January 30, 2012 - 10:59 am

You website is adorable! Love the recipes so glad I found this!

Steve @ the black peppercorn January 30, 2012 - 10:40 am

Our kids love granola and any type of snack option like trail mix, etc. This looks really easy and really delicious!


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