Cherry Coconut Granola

Cherry Coconut Granola

Ingredients

1 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
2/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup almonds
6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup honey
¼ brown sugar (optional)
2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. vanilla
1 cups dried cherries
1/2 60% Dark chocolate chips, coarsely chopped (optional)

(I used chocolate covered coconut but any chocolate will work)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚ F
  • In a pan, add the coconut in an even layer and cook, stirring frequently (3-4 minutes).
  • Once coconut it browned, transfer into a separate bowl. Add the chopped walnuts and almonds. Cook until lightly browned (4 minutes).
  • Combine the oats, oil and coconut and stir frequently
  • With the brown sugar, combiner with ¼ cup boiling water and add honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon,
  • Spread out granola onto a baking sheet and drizzle with wet mixture.
  • Bake for 25 minutes total, stirring every 10 minutes
  • Once lightly browned, add dried cherries and chocolate (optional) and let cool for 1 hour
  • Store the granola in an airtight container
  • Enjoy the granola as a snack or a dessert as a nutrient dense choice
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