Granola can be a dangerous food. If you read the label on a package, you’ll notice a very high amount of calories and sugar. Though granola is often based on whole grain oats and includes delicious treats like nuts, seeds and dried fruit, it does require some sort of binder in the form of fat (oil) and a sweetener (often maple syrup or honey). When you make your own, you have more control over the amount of fat and sugar added – and you get to pick your own favorite fruit, nuts and other ingredients. Enter Simple Cherry-Coconut Granola because I love cherries and coconut. This granola is perfect for breakfast, snacks or pre/post workouts.
Making Simple Cherry-Coconut Granola literally takes about five minutes (plus cooking time) and you can easily modify it 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 just bake and serve or save for later. Granola freezes very well and also makes nice gifts for holidays and birthdays. 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 making Simple Cherry-Coconut Granola!
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Simple Cherry-Coconut Granola
- Yield: 4 1x
- 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
- teaspoon ½ground cardamom
- cup ¾pure maple syrup (could also use honey if you want)
- cup ½canola or sunflower oil
- cup ¾unsweetened dried cherries (can sub dried cranberries (raisins or chopped apricots))
- 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. Combine oats, almonds, pistachios, coconut, cinnamon, salt and cardamom in a large boil. Combine maple syrup and oil, the fold into dry mixture. Spread onto the prepared sheet and bake 15 miutes, stir and then cook 15 minutes more. Granola should be slightly browned but monitor it closely so it doesn’t burn.Cool granola for 15-20 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.
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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