Granola is one of those delicious treats that is quick and easy to make at home. I started off making this Almond Coconut Granola but have been seriously inspired by Dana of Minimalist Baker and I'm hooked on her Banana Bread Granola. In fact, my overripe bananas may never see actual banana bread again, banana bread granola is so good. (Her Almond Joy Granola is bonkers too!)
However, this post is about a sweet and "naughty" kind of granola. The kind with extra ingredients for preservation (like it ever lasts that long!). We impulse bought some of Cherry Granola from Whole Foods and I can't seem to stop myself from scooping up more each time I walk passed! But enough is enough, I needed to figure out how to make this myself. Not only is buying granola more expensive, those preservatives were killing me.
So I made my own "Whole Foods" Cherry Granola. It is sweet. It is a treat. A spot of brown sugar, maple syrup and a drizzle of honey, I wouldn't call this one healthy but it still feels right :)
After a quick 20+ minutes in the oven this granola becomes even more delicious and photogenic...
1.5 c rolled oats
3/4 c slivered almonds
3/4 c whole almonds or other whole nuts
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp salt
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 c maple syrup
A drizzle of honey
1/2 c dried cherries
Preheat your oven to 325 F and prepare a baking sheet with a parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl combine the first five ingredients and mix evenly. In a small saucepan heat the coconut oil and maple syrup until melted and pour over the dry ingredients. Evenly spread your granola onto the parchment paper and drizzle with honey. Bake for about 12 minutes, remove from the oven to stir and bake for another 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with dried cherries and use a spatula to very lightly stir them in or press them into the hot granola. Let cool completely before stirring further in order to create big chunks of granola (or stir right away if you prefer smaller bits!).
Store in an airtight container for up to a week. I like to eat my granola in plain greek yogurt and berries or on its own as a sweet treat!