For the past few days I've been under the weather and needed to make a large batch of something nutritious that my family could eat for a few days. Either for a meal or snack. It needed to be an easy recipe sense yours truly could hardly lift a finger, let alone a spatula!
Granola is an easy food that can be dressed up for a fast simple meal. Add yogurt, milk and berries...voila! A healthy, satisfying breakfast or lunch.
My favorite dried fruit with granola is morello cherries. They give a nice tart taste to the sweet crunchy granola, although any dried fruits would compliment it nicely.
When you take your granola out of the oven, don't be surprised if it's still a bit wet and sticky. This is normal. It'll harden up after 10 minutes.
The longer you cook the granola and the darker brown it gets, the crunchier the bite! I leave mine a little longer in the oven, since I like mine a bit crunchy!
Homemade Cherry Granola
Recipe Adapted from Martha Stewart
Vegetable cooking spray
4 cups old-fashioned oats (rolled)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried morello cherries
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon groung cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with vegetable spray. Combine oats, pecans, almonds, cherries, cinnamon, coconut flakes and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add vegetable oil, honey, brown sugar. Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Add the vanilla and stir until incorporated. Pour sugar mixture into the oats, using a wooden spoon, stir until all oats have a glossy coat.
Pour granola onto prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a nice golden brown color (20-30 minutes.) Let granola cool completely and break into chunks. Store in an airtight container.