Chocolate And Cherry Granola

That breakfast that feels like dessert.

Cherry and Chocolate Granola

Chocolate and dried cherries are a magical flavor combination. The tart- sweet cherries are a perfect balance for the rich chocolate. I intentionally made this granola only mildly sweet. If you’d like a sweeter granola, increase the maple syrup to 3⁄4 cup. Enjoy it as is or over yogurt, cereal, or even ice cream. I love to store this granola in individual ziplock bags for on-the-go snacks while I’m out running errands. This is great for snacks for kids’ lunches as well.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Yield: 2 cups

Materials

  • 1⁄2 cup + 2 cup Pure maple syrup
  • 1⁄4 cup + 2 cup roasted creamy almond butter
  • 1⁄4 tbsp salt
  • 3 cups Gluten-free old-fashioned oats, not instant
  • 5 tbsp Unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 5 cup Preferred seeds or nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the syrup, almond butter, and salt to a large bowl, and stir well until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients, and stir until everything is well coated and wet. Spread the oats mixture out evenly in a single layer onto the prepared pan.
  • Bake at 325°F on the lowest rack for 15 minutes, stir the granola around well so the bottom cooks evenly, and bake 10 to 15 more minutes or until done. Watch the edges closely in the last couple of minutes so they don’t burn. The granola will feel soft upon removal from the oven but will crisp up as it cools. Let cool on the pan for 15 minutes. Store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Use the nut butter or seed butter of your choice in this granola.
To make this nut free, make sure to use seeds instead of nuts. I used raw
sunflower kernels.