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Chef Marcela Valladolid's Homemade Granola

What you need:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup honey

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a 9-inch-square baking pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over sides. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Mix oats, cranberries, almonds, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Combine butter, sugar and honey in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts and the mixture begins to boil. Add vanilla and stir. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour butter over the oats, mixing until well coated. Transfer to prepared pan. Using a spatula, press the oats evenly into pan.
  6. Bake until top is golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. Using foil as aid, lift out of pan; place on work surface. Crumble into pieces.

Chef Marcela Valladolid is the face of Food Network's "Mexican Made Easy" and co-host of "The Kitchen" alongside Katie Lee, Geoffrey Zakarian, Sunny Anderson and Jeff Mauro. Marcela is a cookbook author and mom to son Fausto, has launched her own product line at Safeway supermarkets and has started a family-owned tequila line, Hacienda De La Flor.

For more healthy snack ideas, check out Parenting's "32 Healthy Kids Snacks" and "10 Creative & Healthy Snacks for Kids."

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