I absolutely love cherries and I am always looking for great ways to use them. So, when my husband asked if I would make him some granola, the first thing I thought was CHERRIES!! The second thing I thought was, I am going to save quite a bit of money by making my own granola. BONUS! Why haven’t we done this already?
Compared to sugary snacks, granola is actually pretty darned wholesome. I like simple granola, so I decided to keep this recipe pretty simple too. I really don’t see the need to have more than a few ingredients. I think if you add to many ingredients, the individual flavors kind of disappear. With that being said, feel free to customize this recipe to your own liking.
My husband Eric, just LOVES it! I think it turned out pretty good myself. It is sweet from the cherries and raisins; hearty and filling from the oats and almonds. The orange peel adds something very special and unique to the flavor profile too. Our favorite way to use this granola is generously sprinkled on top of our homemade yogurt. It is also great as a stand alone snack, or served as a breakfast cereal. For an extra special snack, throw in a sprinkle of chocolate chips before eating. Every ingredient in this granola pairs nicely with chocolate. Another BONUS! Oh, and it makes great snacks for the kiddo’s school lunches too.
This granola will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks in a cool dry place if kept in an airtight plastic container or mason jars. Probably longer if you store it in the refrigerator.
Please comment and share your ideas on granola flavor profiles and ingredients. ~Enjoy!~