Cherry Almond Granola – a Vegan and Gluten-Free recipe I made in honor of a special friend and extraordinary human being – a Celebration of Life!
Cherry Almond Granola Recipe Tips
Granola is one of those dishes that is crazy-simple to make. Just start with the ingredients you want: oats, nuts, coconut, flavorings. Add a bit of sweetness and some oil to toast the oats and nuts. Pop in the oven and stir a couple of times. It’s done when it’s a beautiful golden color.
But you can make this recipe your own.
Don’t want to use Olive Oil? Good substitutes include: melted butter, melted coconut oil, vegetable or canola oil, or any neutral-flavored oil.
Can you use different nuts, say pumpkin seeds? You can substitute any nuts for the almonds and cashews. Just stick to about 2 1/2 cups total. I chose almonds and cashews because they were used in the original Con Pane recipe. Pumpkin seeds (pepitas), sesame seeds, peanuts, all good here!
What if I don’t have Maple Syrup? You can substitute an equal volume of honey for the maple syrup, just realize it’s much thicker, so be sure to mix it up with the oil so it’s easier to incorporate into the he oat and nut mixture.
Do I need to use the Ground Flaxseed or Wheat Germ? If you don’t have or don’t love these items, feel free to leave them out. But they do add some additional nutritional benefits like fiber and healthy fats for the flaxseed and additional whole grains and fiber for the wheat germ.
I don’t have, or don’t like, Almond Extract. That’s fine, you can either omit it or substitute Vanilla Extract. But know the almond extract both complements the nutty flavors and the dried tart cherries.Print
Cherry Almond Granola
This Cherry Almond Granola is so tasty! It has all the flavors we love: crunchy roasted oats, almonds, cashews; toasted coconut, chewy dried cherries. A bit of cinnamon and almond extract for added depth. Perfect for eating every day, or serving for a special occasion.
Salty and sweet, fruity and nutty, this granola offers a nice serving of healthy fats and fiber!
And so easy to prepare!
Equipment needed: a half-sheet pan (12×18) or 2-9×13 pans to spread the granola to bake, and a big bowl to mix all the ingredients.
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 45 min
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 10 cups 1x
- Category: Granola
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- 4c Rolled Oats
- 1/2 c Ground Flaxseed or Wheat Germ (I used Flaxseed Meal)
- 1/3 c Brown Sugar (light preferred)
- 1 c raw or salted cashews, roughly chopped. (See Note 1)
- 1 1/2 c whole or halved almonds (I used toasted, salted almonds)
- 1/2 c Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut
- 1 t cinnamon
- 3/4 t salt
- 1 t almond extract (See Note 2)
- 1/2 c Pure maple syrup (See Note 3)
- 1/3 c olive oil (See Note 4)
- 1 1/2 c dried tart cherries
Preheat the Oven
- Preheat oven to 325F (Conventional) – I used 300F in my Convection/Fan oven. Line a sheetpan with parchment or cooking spray.
Mix the Ingredients:
- Roughly chop 3/4 cup of the almonds, and leave the remaining 3/4 cup whole or halved.
- In a large bowl combine The oats, flaxseed meal (or wheat germ), brown sugar, cashews, whole almonds, chopped almonds, coconut, cinnamon and salt.
- In a bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, olive oil and almond extract.
- Using 1/3 to 1/2 the liquid mixture at a time, pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and fold in until the maple syrup mixture is evenly distributed.
- Pour granola onto a large baking sheet (half-sheet size, or you can use 2-quarter sheets or 2-9×13 pans)
- Bake in the oven until beautifully golden brown and crispy, stirring once or twice during baking, about 35-45 min. (I took min out at 42 min)
- Cool on the pan, placed over a wire rack.
- When cooled completely, fold in the dried cherries.
- Serve with yogurt and fresh fruit, or with milk, or munch on a handful. Store in an airtight container. Keeps 2-3 weeks at room temp if tightly sealed.
1. You can use any type of nuts here. Extra almonds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts. I used cashews because that’s what I think the original Con Pane recipe included.
2. You can omit if you like, or substitute Vanilla Extract. But I highly recommend the almond.
3. Please don’t use anything but Pure Maple Syrup. Don’t use the maple-flavored corn syrup varieties. You can substitute honey if you prefer, just know it is harder to stir and mix in and will be a bit sweeter than Natural Maple Syrup.
4. You can use any neutral oil, or melted butter or coconut oil if you wish.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
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