Breakfast · Gluten Free · Vegan

Cherry Vanilla Almond Granola

Everyone seems to be looking for a quick fix to lose weight.  They go to extremes like fasting, juice-only diets, meat-only diets and somehow through it all healthy grains and carbs have become the enemy.  But with it’s ability to keep you regular and lower your cholesterol,, rolled oats are a winner in my book and a staple in most, if not all, my family breakfasts.

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Granola, on the other hand, I’ve always shied away from.  Not because I didn’t enjoy the taste, or that delightful nutty crunch, but because any store-bought variety was loaded with sugar.  The World Health Organization has said that a person’s diet should consist of no more than 10% sugar but somehow our Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) here in the U.S. allows for a whopping 25%… and we wonder why obesity and other chronic diseases are skyrocketing?  But I was asked to make a granola for a women’s breakfast, and I’ll be darned if I didn’t take that challenge head-on.

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So here it is, my recipe for Cherry Vanilla Almond Granola.  Be warned, your kitchen will smell amazing!!

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Ingredients:

  • 2c rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/4c dried unsweetened cherries
  • 1/2c chopped raw almonds
  • 2 1/2T melted coconut oil
  • 2T maple syrup
  • 1T vanilla extract
  • 1T cinnamon
  • 1/2t nutmeg
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325F.  In a large mixing bowl pour in all of your dry ingredients and give them a toss.  [if you don’t like cinnamon and/or nutmeg, leave them out!  It’ll still be delicious].  Next stir in your wet ingredients.

Spread your oats along a greased baking pan (or line your pan with a Slipat or parchment paper) and bake for 15 minutes.  Give the granola a little shake and place in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.  Keep an eye on this stuff because it can burn, I speak from experience.  When finished, set your pan on the counter and let it cool.  The granola will get crispier as it cools.

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I store my granola in a large glass jar on the counter and it stays fresh and crunchy for weeks!   Enjoy it every day with your non-dairy yogurts, sprinkled on oatmeal (or ice cream!) or just enjoy it with ice cold almond milk.  However you decide to enjoy it, enjoy!!

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