Frugal Foodie Mama: Cherry Almond Granola {The Leftovers Club}

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cherry Almond Granola {The Leftovers Club}

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It is the first Thursday of the month, and you all know what that means, right? Yep, time for The Leftovers Club big reveals.  This month I was paired up with Danielle from Dining With Dani.  I decided to send her a jar of my homemade Cherry Almond Granola.  My original inspiration for this recipe was the Cherry Almond Granola I used to buy from Trader Joe's when I lived in the big city.  I used to love it and haven't had it in quite some time, so I decided to try and recreate it in my kitchen.  I would say it turned out pretty successful. ;)

What you will need:
2 cups of old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup of chopped or sliced almonds
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup of maple or pancake syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup dried cherries

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

In large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil (sometimes it is solid at cooler temperatures) and the maple syrup together over medium heat.  Mix and heat until the coconut oil is melted.  This should only take a few minutes.
Remove from the heat and mix in the extracts.

Pour the liquid mixture over the oats mixture and mix until evenly coated.  

Spread your granola mixture evenly over your prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes, stirring & flipping the mixture after 15 minutes.  

Allow the granola to cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.
Once cooled, transfer the granola to a large bowl and then mix in the dried cherries.

Store your Cherry Almond Granola is an airtight container for up to a month.  I prefer to use mason jars for storing and gifting my granola.  
Look, I even got all crafty and used washi tape and baker's twine to pretty up the jar that I sent to Danielle. ;)


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Serve this granola over your favorite yogurt or pour milk over it and have it in the morning.  (Or be like me and snack on it while you are waiting for it to cool completely...)

Cherry Almond Granola

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (6-8 servings)
  • 2 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of chopped or sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of maple or pancake syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
Instructions
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
In large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil (sometimes it is solid at cooler temperatures) and the maple syrup together over medium heat. Mix and cook until the coconut oil is melted. This should only take a few minutes.
Mix in the extracts.
Pour the liquid mixture over the oats mixture and mix until evenly coated.
Spread your granola mixture evenly over your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring & flipping the mixture after 15 minutes.
Allow the granola to cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.
Once cooled, transfer the granola to a large bowl and then mix in the dried cherries.
Store your Cherry Almond Granola is an airtight container for up to a month. I prefer to use mason jars for storing and gifting my granola.
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Be sure to check out all the other recipes in The Leftovers Club below!  You will find tons of tasty treats that also travel well. ;)


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