I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but we live in a place that produces a variety of different fruits and one of the major ones is cherries. My parents even live on a cherry orchard so usually we get some cherries to freeze and dry and just to enjoy. So all year long I have sweet dried cherries to do things with. And I’ll admit, I still have a ton left and I’m looking all over for ideas. Good thing I tend to over-dry things so it’s not like they’re going bad any time soon 😀
I know dried cherries can be expensive so if that’s a concern add whatever dried fruit you like that fits in your budget I’m sure just about anything will taste good in this granola 🙂
It seems like I’m back on a granola kick. For a while there I was making meusli which I still enjoy, but honestly, who doesn’t think granola is better? We’re especially enjoying this just as a dry snack for some reason but it’s great any way you like eating granola 🙂
And just so you know, chocolate chips make this granola even better. I can’t think of a better combo than almonds cherries and chocolate. I didn’t add an amount into the recipe because we’ve just been adding a few here and there instead of adding it to the whole batch. I’ll leave it up to you to decide how many to add 😀
- 1/4 C almond butter
- 1/4 C honey(or brown rice syrup, increase the sugar to 1/4 C and watch that baking time may be slightly less)
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar(or any other brown sugar)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp almond extract
- dash sea salt
- 3 C oats
- 1/2 C almond, slivered or roughly chopped
- 3/4 C dried cherries, sweet or sour, chopped if the pieces are too large
- chocolate chips(optional)
Preheat oven 325 degrees.
Mix the almond butter, honey, vanilla, almond extract and sea salt in a bowl. If the almond butter is refrigerated and the honey is solid, place to bowl in a sink with a few inches of hot water for a few minutes to soften it. Stir well to combine then add the oats and almonds. Mix till all the oats and almonds are covered in the almond butter mixture, then spread out evenly over one baking sheet and place in the oven.
Bake for 15 minutes, then gently flip the granola over and place back in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn over again, being careful to move the granola away from the edges or it may burn before the granola in the center of the pan is crunchy. Return the pan to the oven for 5-10 minutes until all the granola is golden and crunchy.
To test some of the granola, take a chunk out, let it cool and then test for crunchiness. When the granola is done, remove it from the oven and mix in the cherries and then let cool completely before adding chocolate chips if desired and storing in an airtight jar or container in the cupboard.