Cherry Almond Granola

Cherry Almond Granola

Holy moly! It’s been waaaaaay too long since I made granola.

How long? It’s been at least since September and maybe even as long ago as last May when I made these crumbly bits of heaven.

Homemade Granola

Oh granola, I’ve missed your slightly sweet, oaty crunch.

I’m so cheap.  I won’t buy granola unless I have a coupon.  So unless I feel like making it, I just have to do without.

This should last me about 3 1/2 days.

Spilled Granola

Cherry Almond Granola
Ingredients
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 Tbsp. flax meal (ground flax seeds)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup organic sugar or NuNaturals Stevia Baking Blend*
3/4 cup apple sauce
3/4 tsp. almond extract
1/2 cup raw almonds slivers
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
Directions

Combine all dry ingredients: oats, flax, sugar, and salt. Mix well. Add apple sauce and extract and stir well. Lastly, add in the almond slivers and cherries, and stir to combine.

Oil a large baking sheet. Spread granola out as thinly and evenly as possible. Bake on 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir, breaking apart the large clumps of granola. Lower heat to 250 degrees and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

*If you love sweet granola, add an additional 2 Tbsp. – 1/4 cup of sugar. Sweeten to taste by adding a bit, stirring, then tasting and adding more to meet your preference.

Open Jar of Granola

This granola is just slightly sweet — just the way you like it.  And you really could adapt it to use any mix-ins that you like.  I’m thinking cacao nibs (stirred in after cooking) would be magical.

Granola Close-up

You might be wondering what I do with a huge jar of granola in 3 1/2 days.  Meanwhile, I’m thinking what can’t you do with granola?

Granola Over a Smoothie

My absolute favorite thing to do?

Eat it over a big bowl of chocolate cherry bomb.

Well, either that or shove it in my mouth by the handful. :)

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9 Responses to Cherry Almond Granola

  1. Becky

    You mentioned sprinkling the almonds over the granola after the first 20 minutes of baking, but also mentioned stirring them in with everything beforehand. Do you add in the almonds after baking the initial 20 minutes or before? Thanks for the clarification!

  2. Homemade or store bought… granola is dangerous in my house. I never can stop at a normal size serving! Dried cherries are my favorite dried fruit… I wish they weren’t so pricey!

  3. Yum!! I really need to start making granola instead of buying it each week. So much cheaper!!

  4. This sounds so great! I’m with you, what CAN’T you do with granola?

  5. Thank you for the new granola recipe!! Yummmmm :)

  6. I’m loving adding a little granola to my yogurt and oatmeal lately for a little crunch! It would be much more affordable [and tastier] to make it homemade- there’s a first time for everything!

    • You need to adopt the randomly cheap about some things attitude like I have. Apparently it’s okay to spend outrageous amounts of money at the salon but $5 is just out of the question for granola. ;)~

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