cherry almond granola

cherry almond granola
A little something has snuck into my world and stolen a good chunk of my free time.  It's called... the real world. 

I have had a job these past few years, but new this year I have been given more responsibility with a lot more hours.  The good news is I absolutely love it,  but the bad news is I don't have as much time to share what's going on in the kitchen.  Because yes, we are still eating around here so be patient with me and I will get back to sharing.

Enough about that because what you really need to know about is this recipe.  I have been on a search for a great granola recipe and I'm afraid my long search is over with just one recipe.  I was ready to buy pounds of oats and spend many an hour slowly toasting different recipes until I found just the right one, but this has become an instant favorite.
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From my little to kitchen to yours... Enjoy.

Cherry Almond Granola
Adapted from Peace Meals, Junior League of Houston
Recipe Notes
I have never met a dried cherry I didn't like and I am sure any variety you find at your grocery will be great.  I used tart dried cherries for this recipe.  Though I haven't tried it myself, the original recipe suggests throwing in some mini chocolate chips after the granola has cooled for an afternoon snack.
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/4 cups sliced almonds
1 cup dried cherries (an extra 1/2 cup if you love these)
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/4 flax seeds
parchment paper
Step by Step
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, cherries, coconut and flax seeds.  Stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan over low heat.  Stir until well blended and sugar has dissolved.  Pour sugar honey mixture over granola and mix to coat well. Spread the granola on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 32 minutes or until golden brown, stirring halfway through.  Cool completely, then loosen from the baking sheet and crumble.  Store in an airtight container.

Makes 8 cups.


  1. Glad to see you're back, the recipe looks great!! Dub can even make it ha ha

  2. Welcome back! I've never tried to make granola yet, but this looks like a great recipe! I have a great aversion to coconut though, so if I left it out, do you think I should decrease the liquids a bit or increase everything else?

  3. Jessica, I am not a fan of coconut myself. I would urge to still try it with the coconut first because it actually changes flavors and textures completely. But if you are going to take it out, maybe you could add more oats?

  4. That is such a cute hostess gift, Ash! Great idea!

  5. ok, good to know. Maybe I'll try 1/2 cup coconut + 1/2 cup oats. I need to train myself to like coconut! :)

  6. Very cute and definitely a perfect hostess gift. Looks delicious.

    Laura C.

  7. we now make this about once a week. Everyone in the family loves it and my kids love making it. Great fall recipe!