Cherry Vanilla Granola

Cherry Vanilla Granola with Soy Milk

When someone says “granola” it conjures up images of a wholesome high-fiber breakfast cereal that’s widely considered healthy. The reality is that most store bought granola is loaded with sugar and fat and costs a fortune to boot.

This version uses unprocessed rolled oats, wheat germ and grade B maple syrup as the sweetener. It’s probably not the healthiest cereal in the world, but it should be better for you that most store bought granolas. It’s also a bit on the expensive side the first time you make it because of the cherries, almonds, and wheat germ, but you should be able to make 3 or 4 batches out the ingredients you pick up.

Cherry Vanilla Granola

This granola goes beyond just crunchy and is almost crispy. The vanilla and maple flavours really shine through and the little bites of cherry add some chewy fruity tartness that sets it apart. I had been enjoying the first batch I made for for a while but I didn’t realize just how good it tasted until I went in to work one morning, opened a new package of “gourmet” granola and poured myself a bowl. I’ve always liked the granola they have at work, but even a new pack was stale by comparison and it had a faint aroma of cardboard.

You could substitute the almonds, cherries and vanilla and using a different sweetener should give it a different character as well.

2 1/2 cups rolled oats (not quick cook oats)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 C almonds
1/2 C coconut flakes
2 Tbs butter (or canola oil if you want to go healthier)
2 Tbs dark brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C chopped dried cherries

Heat oven to 275 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.

Add the oats, wheat germ, almonds and coconut to a large bowl.

Microwave the butter and brown sugar until the butter is melted. Add the maple syrup and vanilla and stir to combine. Dump this into the dry ingredients and mix until well combined and the granola starts to clump together.

Spread the mixture evenly over the lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

Stir, breaking up any large clusters of granola and add the cherries. Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the granola is golden brown.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Home made granola is definitely a great treat. At least you know what goes in it. Love the cherry and vanilla flavours Marc.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Home made granola is definitely a great treat. At least you know what goes in it. Love the cherry and vanilla flavours Marc.

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    hmmm..homemade granola is always so heartwarming. this is beautiful..on top of warm porridge – fantastic!

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    hmmm..homemade granola is always so heartwarming. this is beautiful..on top of warm porridge – fantastic!

  • http://iamnotaprogrammer.com/ Colin Nederkoorn

    I just ate some of the batch you brought into the office. It was incredible. This is the best granola I’ve had since I ate at ‘lectrolux cafe on hwy 50 in baker, nevada http://www.silverjackinn.com/cafe.html

  • http://colin.nederkoorn.co.uk Colin Nederkoorn

    I just ate some of the batch you brought into the office. It was incredible. This is the best granola I’ve had since I ate at ‘lectrolux cafe on hwy 50 in baker, nevada http://www.silverjackinn.com/cafe.html

  • http://noblepig.com/ noble pig

    Beautiful. I love that first picture.

  • http://noblepig.com/ noble pig

    Beautiful. I love that first picture.

  • http://www.chezus.com/ chez us

    this sounds fantastic .. i will have to make it!

  • http://www.chezus.com chez us

    this sounds fantastic .. i will have to make it!

  • http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com/ Cathy-wheresmydamnanswer

    I make a very similar version and you are right that making it at home is so much cheaper than store bought not to mention a lot better. I add for sweetness some Agave Nectar. Yours looks wonderful!!

  • http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com Cathy-wheresmydamnanswer

    I make a very similar version and you are right that making it at home is so much cheaper than store bought not to mention a lot better. I add for sweetness some Agave Nectar. Yours looks wonderful!!

  • http://sweet-low.blogspot.com/ megan

    those photos are amazing! and the name of this granola sounds like it would be right up my alley :)

  • http://sweet-low.blogspot.com megan

    those photos are amazing! and the name of this granola sounds like it would be right up my alley :)

  • http://whiteonricecouple.com/ White On Rice Couple

    I can never get tired of granola. And looking at yours gives me even more cravings to eat it all day long. I’m a sucker for cherries and vanilla, can you tell? :D

  • http://whiteonricecouple.com White On Rice Couple

    I can never get tired of granola. And looking at yours gives me even more cravings to eat it all day long. I’m a sucker for cherries and vanilla, can you tell? :D

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  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com/ chels

    a) I will be making this tomorrow! it looks and sounds phenomenal! b-z) LOVE your site… such a great concept and your photos are drool-worthy ;)

    [chels]

  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com chels

    a) I will be making this tomorrow! it looks and sounds phenomenal! b-z) LOVE your site… such a great concept and your photos are drool-worthy ;)

    [chels]

  • Katie

    I just made this recipe adding dried blueberries in addition to the cherries.  It is delicious!  Thank you for sharing.  I will make this granola recipe again!

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