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Cherry Vanilla Granola

This crispy granola features big chunks of cherries and sweet vanilla beans, It's 100% plant-based and yet the flavorful granola is loaded with buttery umami thanks to the addition of some nutritional yeast.

Course Brunch, Snacks
Cuisine American
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Grains & Seeds
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 250 grams rolled oats (~2 1/2 cups)
  • 140 grams almonds (~1 cup, roughly chopped)
  • 30 grams dried unsweetened shredded coconut (~1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons muscovado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 80 grams dried cherries (~1/2 cup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 C) and then line a baking sheet with a silicone mat, or parchment paper.
  2. Combine the rolled oats, almonds, coconut and muscovado sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the nutritional yeast, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the beans, adding them to the maple syrup mixture and whisking to evenly distribute.
  4. Fold the maple syrup mixture into the oat mixture and stir well to make sure everything is evenly coated.
  5. Dump the granola onto your prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake, stirring every 20 minutes to ensure even browning. The granola is done when it's a golden brown color (about 1 hour 10 minutes).
  6. Let the granola cool completely and then mix in the dried cherries. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.