Chocolate Cherry Granola

Granola is probably my favourite breakfast.  It’s pretty much the perfect breakfast.  Plain Greek yogurt, a bunch of fresh berries, and a big scoop of granola is just the best way to start the day.  Filling and oh so tasty.  Which is probably obvious as this blog is not even 3 months old, and I already have 3 granola recipes posted.  With plans for more.   So many combinations, so little time.

Now some of you may argue that chocolate cherry granola does not a breakfast food make.  But I beg to differ.  Even with the chocolate, this is still healthier than store bought granola.  There’s not a ton of sugar or oil in it, especially if you compare it with pre-made granola.  There IS chocolate though, so if you don’t do chocolate for breakfast, make this for a snack.  It’s awesome.  Hands down the best granola I’ve ever made.  I will be making this again, but I need to make something different first, because even I can’t have chocolate for breakfast every day.  That just seems wrong.  But oh, would it be delicious!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
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.  Combine the oats, coconut, almonds and brown sugar in a large bowl.  
  2. 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.
  3. Divide the mixture between two 11x17 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.
  4. 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!
Notes
Source: Adapted from my favourite granola.

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