Cheap travel food recipe: Sesame Almond Chocolate Cranberry Granola

Looking for some cheap, portable, delicious, healthy and easy travel food?   Maybe you just like granola?  Are you just a dirty vagabonding or van-dwelling hippie?  Either way, we've got you covered.  We've taken our brother-in-law's mother's recipe, tweeked it a bit and concocted our very own high protein, fabulous tasting granola and have decided to share it with the world.  Little disclaimer:  if you're a vagabonder or a van-dweller, you're gonna have to find a kitchen for this one.  Our best suggestion... find a friendly host through CouchSurfing and share a little granola love with them.  Ok, without further adieu, the recipe:


Yields: 35-37 servings

Servings Size: 1/2 Cup


10 CUPS (2.5 lb.)   Oats (Bulk Organic)
1 1/2 CUPS (1/2 lb.)   Sliced Almonds
1/2 CUP   Sesame Seeds
1 CUPS    Vegetable Oil
1 CUPS   Honey
1/2 CUP   Maple Syrup (Make Your Own)
1 Tbsp   Vanilla
1 Tsp   Salt
1 Tbsp   Cinnamon
1/2 package (12 oz)   Mini Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 CUPS (1/2 lb.)   Dried Cranberries
12 x 17 in.   Pan / Cookie Sheet
    Wax Paper



  1. HEAT oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. MIX -Oats, Almonds, and Sesame Seeds in large bowl
  3. MIX & HEAT (DO NOT BOIL) - Oil, Honey, Syrup, Vanilla, Salt, & Cinnamon.  Stir Occasionally so that sugar doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  4. COMBINE ingredients from step 3 to step 2.
  5. Line pan with wax paper, then spread granola mix evenly onto the pan. Only 1/2 of the mix will fit onto a single pan.
  6. BAKE granola for 10 minutes. 
  7. REMOVE and stir granola,  BAKE for an additional 5 minutes or until desired consistency.
  8. REMOVE granola and let cool.
  9. ADD Cranberries and Chocolate Chips.



  1. Cut recipe in 2 halves.  Make 1st half, then the 2nd half while 1st is baking.
  2. Add the Chocolate Chips while granola is still warm to coat it rather than have pieces of chocolate.  This will make your milk a little chocolatey as well.
  3. If you don't like cranberries, this is great with raisins too. 
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