I took a poll a few weeks (months?) back on Facebook, asking what granola flavor I should delve into next.
The overwhelming majority was for cherry chocolate granola. Which is great, except for the fact that I can’t keep chocolate anything in my house for too long. I tend to eat it. On it’s own. With minimal recollection or remorse. A trait I most likely inherited from my grandmother.
I also find it a bit odd to have chocolate for breakfast.
So, I did the next best thing: cherry and almond granola.
This would help to satisfy that sweet craving with the dried cherries, but also fill me up with a bit of protein to keep me from being ravenously hungry immediately after eating it.
And eat it, I did. But not for breakfast with almond milk like I have for every other batch of granola.
Nope. We devoured this batch in snack form, while watching back to back (to back) episodes of Castle and snuggling on the couch. Which was a tad surprising, considering The Hubster finds cherries to be vile.
- I can’t do chocolate for breakfast.
- I heart Castle.
- Cherry almond granola is a delightful snack that even crazy people who don’t like cherries will enjoy.
And with that, I encourage you to go make the granola and fire up the DVR so that you can enjoy a little back-to-back Castle action and snuggling.
Cherry Almond Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats*
- 3 tbs ground flax meal
- 3/4 cup raw almond slivers
- 1 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbs honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup canola oil
Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine oats, flax meal, almonds, cherries, chia seeds, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine canola oil, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
Pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread so granola is about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Break apart and store in an airtight container.
Serve plain, with your favorite milk (nut, cow), or yogurt (regular or dairy-free).
Allergen InformationNightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free*, Gluten Free*, Soy Free, Egg Free, and Corn Free.
*Recipe is Wheat and Gluten Free when using Certified Gluten Free Oats.