Almond blueberry granola made using almond butter and blueberry jam – gives this gluten and dairy-free granola a natural sweetness

Almond blueberry granola

As most of you know, I love granola,  I love making granola,  I love eating granola.  I love eating granola while making granola.  How many times can I say granola in one sentence?  If you click on the word ‘granola’, it will take you to some of my favorite granola recipes.  But I love experimenting and coming up with new combinations of ingredients.

So here’s a new one for you.  My typical granolas use honey or maple syrup as the sweetener.  I thought to myself, while staring into my pantry and seeing some open jars of jam, what would happen if I used jam instead?  Now, obviously to make this granola healthy, the jam needs to have none of those yucky preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, or high in added sugar.  And then I found this:

Smuckers blueberry lemon

Nice and chunky fruit pieces, and sweetened only with honey, all natural ingredients.  Jackpot!  I have experimented with other varieties of this brand of jam as well … and all work absolutely awesomely!  Try this almond blueberry granola and experiment yourselves – you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

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Almond blueberry granola

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup blueberry jam
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup almonds chopped
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, place the almond butter and jam. Microwave for 30 seconds or until the almond butter is able to be stirred. Mix well.
  3. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. Add all other ingredients and ensure the nuts, seeds and fruit are all covered with the almond/blueberry mixture.
  5. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper into a shallow layer.
  6. Bake for approx 15 mins, stirring once or twice to avoid burning.
  7. Take out of the oven and leave to cool without stirring further (this keeps lots of nice chunks).
  8. Once cooled, pour into a sealed container and store in a cool place.
Almond blueberry granola