Homemade Cherry Almond Granola

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!~

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Homemade Cherry Almond Granola
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly coat a large 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan or two smaller baking pans with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine the rolled oats, almonds, cherries, raisins, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the apple juice concentrate, water, oil, butter, honey, vanilla and orange zest. Pour your juice mixture directly over the oat mixture and stir until all the ingredients are completely incorporated. Spread evenly on your prepared pan(s)
  4. Bake the granola mixture, stirring every 15 minutes, until slightly crunchy and golden brown. This should take about 1 hour.
  5. Cool completely before removing granola from the pan(s). Once cooled, store in airtight plastic container or mason jars.

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