March 31, 2015

Simple Cherry-Coconut Granola

I just felt like granola's spring sort of but cool out so something comfy sounded good. Making granola literally takes about 5 minutes and you can modify any recipe based on the ingredients you have on hand. The basic granola recipe includes combining oats and other favorite dry ingredients, then mixing in an oil and sweetener combo (maple syrup is my preference). Then you bake and serve or save. Granola freezes very well and also makes nice gifts. This simple recipe would be fun to make with children as well. Feel free to adjust sweetener down if needed as adding flavors like vanilla extract, coconut flakes and spices contributes a depth of taste so you might not need as much sweetness. Have fun! 

Simple Cherry-Coconut Granola                                         


4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
¾ cup pure maple syrup
½ cup canola or sunflower oil
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¾ cup unsweetened dried cherries (can sub dried cranberries, raisins or chopped apricots)

1.      Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350° F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.      Combine oats, almonds, pistachios, coconut, cinnamon, salt and cardamom in a large boil. Combine maple syrup, oil and vanilla then fold into dry mixture. Spread onto the prepared sheet and bake 15 minutes, stir and then cook 15 minutes more. Granola should be slightly browned but monitor it closely so it doesn't burn.

3.      Cool granola for 10-30 minutes, then transfer to a large bowl and stir in the dried cherries and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to one month. Also freezes well.

*Original recipe by Ginger Hultin 3/31/15

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