Granola with Dried Cherries

Granola. is. my. favorite. thing. ever.

To make and to eat! I always have {multiple} granolas on hand for topping greek yogurt bowls, smoothies, cereal, or just to eat by the handful! 

Homemade granola is wonderful. It's cheaper and often tastes so much better than store bought brands. And not to mention...you can pronounce every ingredient if it's made from scratch! Triple-win! Also, there's no rules in granola making, which is awesome. Just add in whatever nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and sweeteners you have on hand and you're good to go! 

Today, in my pantry I found dried cherries, walnuts, tons of chia seeds and flaxseed meal, and brazil nuts (eating just 2 of these nuts every day meets your daily selenium needs! Some people swear by their 2 brazil nuts a day!). I threw it all together and it made for a delicious mix-up from my family's usual banana bread granola I make quite often.

Ingredients: 

  • 3.5-4 cups rolled oats
  • 2-3 TB coconut sugar
  • 1/2 TB cinnamon
  • 1 TB chia seeds
  • 2 TB flax seed meal
  • Scant 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw brazil nuts, roughly chopped
  • 3 TB coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract, 2 tsp (the more the merrier)
  • Almond extract, 1 splash
  • Dried Cherries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, coconut sugar, cinnamon, all the chopped nuts and seeds, and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, on low heat, melt coconut oil and mix in the maple syrup. Add in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  4. Mix wet into dry ingredients and stir until everything is well coated with the oil/maple syrup
  5. Divide mixture onto two baking sheets. Spread out and flatten with a spatula for even baking.
  6. Stick in the oven for about 23-25 minutes (depending on oven) or until you can see your granola turning golden brown, but not burned! 
  7. Cool completely before mixing in the dried cherries. 
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.