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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