Chocolate Cherry Granola

There are lots of food that you can buy all ready made. They are time savers and it is easier to grab something off the store shelf rather than do the shopping for all the ingredients and make the stuff yourself.

But there is a sense of satisfaction that comes from making something yourself. And making your own granola is so easy!

D.I.Y. granola? D.I. Y not?™

Here we go.

Get the rolled oats.

Rolled oats.

Rolled oats.

Add the coconut (where does one get coconut chips?)

Coconut.

Coconut.

Add the almonds.

Almonds.

Almonds.

And the brown sugar too.

Brown sugar.

Brown sugar.

Different bowl.

Maple syrup is added to the canola oil.

Canola oil and maple syrup.

Canola oil and maple syrup.

The salt is added.

Salt.

Salt.

Stirred to combine and to dissolve the salt.

Mix that all together.

Mix that all together.

Pour the oil/syrup/salt mixture into the dry ingredients.

Into the dry ingredients.

Into the dry ingredients.

Mix so that the liquid is well distributed.

Mixed to combine the wet and dry goods.

Mixed to combine the wet and dry goods.

Spread the mixture out on two baking sheets and bake for an 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Divided between two baking sheets.

Divided between two baking sheets.

Meanwhile, get the dried cherries.

Dried cherries.

Dried cherries.

And the chocolate chips.

Chocolate chips.

Chocolate chips.

Add the cherries and the chocolate to the baked granola.

Add the cherries and chocolate tot he baked granola.

Add the cherries and chocolate tot he baked granola.

Chocolate Cherry Granola.

Chocolate Cherry Granola.

Chocolate Cherry Granola.

I like adding granola to yogurt.

Chocolate Cherry Granola sprinkled on top of yogurt.

Chocolate Cherry Granola sprinkled on top of yogurt.

Here’s the recipe I used:
http://bakeeatrepeat.ca/breakfast/chocolate-cherry-granola/

Chocolate Cherry Granola

Yield: about 7 cups of granola

Ingredients

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut chips (or flaked coconut)
1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
6 tablespoons maple syrup
6 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 250° F. Combine the oats, coconut, almonds and brown sugar in a large bowl.

In another bowl or measuring cup, combine the canola oil, maple syrup, and salt. Pour the liquid into the oat mixture while stirring to combine. Mix until the liquid is evenly distributed.

Divide the mixture between two 11×17 inch baking sheets, spreading it out so that it’s even. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until it starts to brown. I usually swap the baking sheets halfway through the baking time.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Transfer to a large airtight container and stir in the chocolate chips and dried cherries. It will keep in an airtight container for at least 2-3 weeks, probably longer, but mine is always all gone by that point so I can’t be sure!

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