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Cherry Chocolate Coconut Granola Cooking View

Happy Monday everyone!  Let’s talk about breakfast.  In the past few years, I’ve made many changes in our kitchen, making more and more things the homemade way rather than purchasing pre-packaged items.  One of the hardest habits for me to kick was my cereal habit.  I grew up eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast pretty much every single day, and so I continued that pattern well into adulthood.  But, I was starting to get really sick of it.  Plus, the nutritional value was somewhat lacking.  (I realize there are healthy cereals out there, but I just couldn’t get on board with any of those.  I was more into things like Count Chocula.)  The change started with finding several varieties of oatmeal that I not only liked, but loved, and I realized I could be getting more out of my breakfast.  Even oatmeal gets old after a while, so I like to mix it up with some crave-worthy granola over yogurt.

Ben is particularly fond of granola and would often buy it from the store…but that just seemed wasteful because it’s so incredibly easy to make good granola at home.  Not to mention, store bought granola often appears healthy but a quick peek at the ingredient list or nutrition facts can reveal otherwise.  What better way to control all of that than to make your own?  One of his favorite flavors was a cherry-chocolate-coconut variety so I set out to create a homemade version.  I ended up including this in our holiday goodie packages this year and it was definitely well received.  This has become a staple in our home and the moment we run out, I whip up another batch.  I can happily say that I don’t even remember the last time I bought a box of cereal.  (I wish I could say the same for my family but for now, I’m just trying to lead by example.)

Cherry Chocolate Coconut Granola
Yield: about 14 cups

Ingredients

2 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
2/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
6 tbsp. canola oil
1 cup honey
¼ cup ground flaxseed (optional)
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
2 cups dried cherries
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Cooking View

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  Place a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the coconut to the pan in an even layer and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and toasted.  Transfer to a bowl and wipe out the pan.  Return the pan to the heat and add the chopped walnuts and almonds.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes.  Stir in the oats and canola oil and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats are lightly toasted, about 3 minutes.

  • Transfer the oat mixture to a large bowl and stir in the honey, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt.  Spread out onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.  Bake, stirring every few minutes, until the granola is light golden brown, about 15 minutes.

  • Stir in the toasted coconut and dried cherries.  Move the granola to one side of the baking sheet and press gently into a thick slab.  Let cool to room temperature.  Break the dried and cooled granola into small clusters, mix in the chopped chocolate, and store in an airtight container.

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  • http://tideandthyme.com/ Laura

    So glad you posted this! I was just browsing the granola selection at our local mega-mart yesterday (my only grocery store…wah!) and was disappointed by the granola selection. I was thinking it would be a good breakfast option over yogs. Figured I could make my own. I shoulda known I could count on you! Thanks, girl!

  • http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/ Lauren

    I love making granola at home (so much better than store-bought) and this flavor combination sounds fantastic. Definitely making this!

  • http://uniquelychicevents.blogspot.com/ jillian nicole

    That looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!:)

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Whoa! This sounds insanely yummy! Love this idea :)

  • Emilie @ Emilie’s Enjoyables

    Looks delicious Annie!

  • Anonymous

    Ooh that looks wonderful! It’s probably good I don’t have chocolate in the house right now though. There would be a big bowl o’ granola left with no chocolate! LOL

  • http://sweetnaturedtreats.blogspot.com/ AngiesSweetTreats

    Looks fantastic! Any recipe that lets me have chocolate for breakfast is a winner in my book.

  • Angelshannona

    This looks so yummy! You wouldn’t happen to have an estimated calorie count from the original recipe would you?
    Thanks!

  • http://www.elementalcustard.com Mara @ Elemental Custard

    Yum Homemade granola is a staple at my house. I have it most days with cottage cheese or yogurt mixed with fresh fruit!

    Have you ever tried using some juice to replace some of the sugar? To reduce sugar i started using around 1/4 cup of maple syrup, honey or agave mixed with 1/4 cup sunflower oil, vanilla and a bit of apple juice for a large batch of granola. This way you get some granola clusters but you don’t have as much sugar! It’s perfect.

  • Jackie @ marin mama cooks

    I just discovered your blog over the weekend and I love it. So many great recipes and your pictures are beautiful.

    I love granola topped on my morning bowl of grape nuts. I usually eat Cafe Fanny which is local to the Bay Area. I have yet to make my own granola but seeing yours is tempting me to give it a try.

  • http://kidsinthesink.wordpress.com/ Heather@Kids in the Sink

    This looks great. I’m not a huge fan of dried fruit but haven’t tried cherries. I guess I’m thinking more along the lines of raisins ans such. Do you ever try to eat this as cereal with milk? I hear of people doing that as well as putting it in yogurt.

  • http://www.thelifeofawife.com/ sherri lynn

    I love homemade granola! This looks like a great recipe!

  • Meche

    Annie, I was wondering if you had any breakfast type of food (oatmeat/granola) that had lemon. Meche

  • http://www.annelovesfood.com/ Anne

    Mhhhh, looks so delicious. I love chocolate and coconut. Perfect for a great start in the morning.

    Greetings from Germany
    Anne

  • Anonymous

    Not yet, but I’ll keep my eye out for any good inspirations in that regard.

  • Anonymous

    Dried cherries are definitely yummier than raisins, I’d recommend them. I prefer to eat my granola over yogurt but Ben loves to eat it with milk like cereal. It’s just a personal preference thing.

  • Wendi

    Hi Annie, any idea if I substitute the honey with agave syrup if it changes the granola?

  • Anonymous

    I’m a bit confused – this recipe has no added sugar, and only uses honey as a sweetener.

  • Sarah

    I swear I could have written this post! I was a cereal junkie up until I started making my own granola. Now I make a big batch of granola every Sunday for my hubby and I to have throughout the week. This flavor combo looks great! Our base recipe is very similar except I use half rolled oats and half quick cooking. I know that EVERY recipe calls for rolled oats, but I find that doing half and half makes a clumpier granola!

  • Anonymous

    Please see the FAQ page regarding nutrition facts.

  • Anonymous

    Please see the FAQ page regarding substitutions.

  • Chelsea Francis

    This looks great! You definitely inspired me to buy and consume less processed foods and this looks like such a breeze to grab in the morning. Thanks!

  • http://fooddoodles.com/ Heidi @ Food Doodles

    I know exactly what you mean! Boxed cereal from the store is a very rare treat for us, maybe a couple times a year and even then it’s treated more like dessert or a sweet snack than breakfast. I love making homemade granola and the cherry, chocolate and coconut sounds like an awesome combo!

  • http://anniescookinglab.com/ Annie @ Annie’s Cooking Lab

    This looks really good! I’m having a hard time kicking my cereal habit too- I say as I sit at my computer eating a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch :) I’ve been trying to eat oatmeal more often and I’m excited to add this granola to the breakfast rotation too!

  • http://cookingbride.com/ Lisa @ The Cooking Bride

    I LOVE granola, but yeah I stopped eating it after I found out just how unhealthy the prepackaged stuff could be. This almost looks like it could be a dessert! Yum!

    Where do you buy ground flaxseed? At a healthfood store?

  • Sylvie77

    That went straight into my to-try bookmarks folder. I need to start having a greater variety of breakfast foods and this looks delicious.

  • http://onecooktwokitchens.com/ Lisa

    This looks delicious, and beautiful. I am going to try it this weekend (if I can wait that long!) Those chunks of chocolate combined with the dried cherries would make it a great hostess gift because it’s such a treat and so gorgeous to look at. I have given breakfast treats as a hostess gift for friends who have had us over for a big dinner party (such as scones and pancake mix). It’s nice not to have to think about breakfast the day after. It looks like I have a great new addition to the breakfast gift basket! Thanks Annie!

  • Julie @BananasforBourbon

    Ever since I started making my own granola, I haven’t gone back to boxed cereals. I started because I had completely cut processed foods out of my diet, except the cereal. I thought it was good for me, but I noticed I always got a stomach ache after breakfast. I read somewhere that the grain in cereals are super processed and actually really bad for your body. I figured the stomach aches were telling me something and I switched to granola. No more sick feeling! Now I feel full all the way until lunch without feeling heavy. It’s worked out really well. :)

    In my version I use coconut oil instead of canola oil. I love that coconut flavor!

  • http://atthepatisserie.wordpress.com/ Ann P.

    I love Count Chocula and all the chocolate sugary cereals too, but I would give them all up in a heartbeat for a bowl of this yogurt and granola!! Lucky I have the recipe now :) Thanks Annie!

  • Edownes10

    After reading this post this morning, I ran out and got the ingredients and made it right away! It is so delicious! I started out making it with the chocolate but ended up switching out for white chocolate which made a nice combo with the cherries. Thanks, Annie!

  • http://www.fortyninefiftyone.blogspot.com/ Amibeth

    Thanks Annie! My son and I both love granola with yogurt, but the kinds we normally go for are so expensive. I’m trying to cut down on food costs without sacrificing health (or taste, obviously :) ) and this looks fantastic. Its more cost effective because I always have a lot of these ingredients onhand, purchased in bulk. I am slowing watching my pantry and fridge transform from plenty of boxes to lots of pretty glass containers full of yummy stuff. Loving it! Thanks again! I am excited for the yogurt recipe, too. I have been looking for my recipe and can’t seem to find the book – must have lent it out.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed! Store bought granola is definitely cost prohibitive.

  • Anonymous

    My store has a nice and ever-growing selection of Bob’s Red Mill flours, grains, etc. and I buy it in the baking aisle.

  • Kristin

    This sounds sooo good! I wish granola wasn’t so darn high in calories, though…can you tell I’m resenting needing to lose weight….this might just be worth saving room for, though! :)

  • Bubbly

    Hi, Annie!!!! I’m Rossie and I’m writing from Bulgaria. I found your blog months ago and every now and then I check up your great recipes (especially the desserts are soooo tempting!) I’ve never tried your ideas but here comes big YET!!! Cherries, coconut, chocolate, oatmeal and yoghurt – I can’t see anything I don’t like!!! Definetely on my to-do list! Keep the same spirit!!!

  • http://kerrycooks.wordpress.com/ Kerry

    Holy cow, look at those chunks of chocolate! If my granola was this yummy I think I’d eat it for every meal!

  • http://culinarilycourtney.blogspot.com/ CulinarilyCourtney

    I love to make granola. I usually make a Maple Apple Walnut Granola. Chocolate and Coconut is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and I love the idea of incorporating that into granola…mmmmm

  • Laura Healthy Jalapeño

    This sounds heavenly. Chocolate/ granola/ cherry… it’s like dessert in a granola that I can have for breakfast of my sweet tooth snack fix. Love it. New follower here!

  • Anonymous

    This recipe is fabulous (and so simple to make)! I made it first thing this morning and I’m enjoying it over some Greek yogurt right now. It’s so good that I feel like I’m having a sweet treat. I can definitely see this becoming a staple at my house.

  • Anonymous

    My sis-in-law gave us some homemade granola for Christmas and it was delicious! I can definitely taste the difference between homemade and store bought. Thanks for sharing.

  • alison

    I’m so making this – has everything I have been craving this holiday (and into the new year!). Question: if making for gifts (like you did!), how far in advance can I make + store in air-tight container before gifting?

  • The Hungry Housewife

    Would it be ok if I picked out all of the chocolate first??? I love granola! But I love chocolate more! :)

  • http://itsthecookiemonster.wordpress.com/ Connie the cookie monster

    look at those huge chunks of chocolate! now THIS is granola

  • http://twitter.com/JenatPBandP Jennifer Drummond

    I love granola and this recipe looks great! I never made it this way, so this will be a must soon! Booking marking this! thanks, I can’t wait to try it!

  • Anonymous

    It should keep for a pretty long time.

  • Molly F.

    This flavor combination looks delicious! I got the Healthy Family Cookbook for Christmas, and I love the approach to healthy eating, which seems very similar to your philosophy. Making things like this is so much better than buying it in the store!

  • http://www.fortyninefiftyone.blogspot.com/ Amibeth

    I’ve also bought it from both my health food store and grocery store – just ask, they probably have it. I keep the ground flaxseed/flax meal in the freezer, but I also keep whole flax seeds (usually available in bulk at my regular grocery store and health food store) on hand, and if I feel like it I’ll grind my own in a small electric coffee mill (I do it this way when I add it to our oatmeal too). Fresh ground is always better, but I like to have the pre-ground stuff onhand too, for convenience… its still really good for you! I ran out of eggs (heaven forbid, I think it was a first!) recently and was able to mix a Tablespoon of flax meal with 1/4 cup of water, let it sit for 10 minutes, and use it as an egg replacer and it worked out great!

  • Russianmomcooks

    I’ve been thinking of trying to make a granola for a while now! Thanks for the delicious inspiration! ;-)

    Anastasia

  • http://www.facebook.com/miranda.mccaslin Miranda McCaslin

    Thank you so much!!!! I’ve only recently started making stuff at home on a regular basis so I’m really new at some of this stuff. But my kids LOVE cereal and I’ve been staring at endless lists of unhealthy ingredients for weeks trying to figure out how to make some yummy cereal at home. Perfect! I will be trying this within the next week for sure! Have u ever subbed the cherries for another type of dried fruit? Cranberries? Blueberries? (It seems like they would be interchangeable.)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, you can certainly customize it any way you like.

  • Jessie Crow

    This looks amazing! I was looking for a good way to use up some leftover coconut, guess I found it!

  • Jessie Crow

    Can I make a special request? For all of us that swear we will read a recipe thoroughly before beginning then get so excited to make said recipe that we don’t read the directions ahead of time…maybe just a small edit to say transfer oat mixture to a separate bowl or another bowl. Duh! I’m still excited even though I missed a small step. Hopefully my coconut won’t be too crispy! Thanks a ton for the inspiration. I’m 14 wks pregnant and seriously nauseous. I haven’t cooked much in the last months aside from eggs and pasta. Feels good to be making something!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure I understand where your confusion lies. The recipe does say to transfer the oats to a separate bowl. But then you talk about the coconut being to crispy, so maybe that is what you mean? It also says about the coconut, “Transfer to a bowl and wipe out the pan.” Maybe you can clarify what is confusing to you.

  • http://www.elementalcustard.com Mara @ Elemental Custard

    I should have been more specific- I meant less honey, and using fruit juice too. I’ve been experimenting with all different natural sweeteners.

  • Christy

    Do you have a favorite bittersweet chocolate that you use in the granola?

  • Maria

    You should try using coconut oil! It’s a little expensive but soooo good in granola! When I use it, I melt it in the microwave to liquify first!

  • Susan Anderson

    This sounds fantastic! Although, as a diabetic, I wonder if it would work to cut the honey in half?

  • http://penniesonaplatter.com/ Nikki

    Everything about this “cereal” is calling my name. Once I get settled into our new home, I’m making this asap to kick Ben’s nasty cereal habit. I think he’ll (we’ll) love this!

  • Heather

    I have been waiting for you to post this recipe since the holiday packages’ post!! I am mildly irritated with myself when I saw the ‘source’ given that I own that cookbook, I could of been enjoying this for a while :)

  • Nadine

    I wish I wished for a million dollar!! just like you we are reducing the amount of packaged food and I must say that oatmeal does get old after a while and we love granola but I never dared to buy it because it was loaded in calories..making my own granola was on my mental to do list and there you are..my sweet sweet Annie…making a deliciously looking granola…thank you..you may not know it, but you do make a difference in people lives…you make me smile everytime I open your page. have a wonderful day Annie.

  • Joy

    I’m so excited about this recipe! I grabbed a couple of boxes of granola bars at the store recently because I like having them on hand right after I have a new baby. I was extremely surprised by how much I liked the chocolate & cherry combo so I was hoping to make some soon. I’ll make this instead since the hubs has recently started eating granola & yogurt for breakfast at work!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • Anonymous

    It’s okay, I adapted it quite heavily to come up with this variation :)

  • Anonymous

    That would likely significantly affect the consistency and flavor of the granola, since the wet:dry ratio is fairly important here. Maybe you could try a substitute?

  • Anonymous

    No, I just use whatever I have on hand.

  • http://thehammerandthespoon.wordpress.com/ Stacie

    I think this is something I can actually get my husband to eat for breakfast! Thanks for posting this; it looks delicious!

  • LaurieA

    I did the same thing !!! I put the oats into the same bowl that I had transferred the toasted coconut into — stirred the oats/ almonds/walnuts in with the coconut and then added the cinnamon/ salt/ honey— then tossed them all into the oven. So i just added the coconut in a step ahead of when it was supposed to be added. It is still baking away so I’m not sure how it is going to turn out – but oh goodness does it smell beyond amazing, so I’m sure it is going to be just fine.

  • Anshu

    Made this yesterday – delicious! Thanks Annie :-)

  • Christine

    This is a must-try. I tried making granola before from a recipe my friend gave me but it never turns out like hers! I am definitely trying this one. Looks so good. I’m sure my 2 year old will love this as well. I’ve becoming more of a DIY-er because the taste is undescribably so much better (your hamburger buns changed me… Bagels are next to try!) and it’s almost always healthier.
    Thanks, Annie! If I’m ever in search for a good recipe, I ALWAYS look at your site first and I am never disappointed. You amaze me with all you do…

  • grace bernhardt

    I made a half batch of this today and it is delish! I only had quick oats, but it still came out pretty well (a little flakier I suspect than it’s supposed to be). I also messed up by not reading the directions all the way through . . . so really, I didn’t follow your recipe that well :) but it still came out yummy! Thanks for always posting great ideas!

  • http://bakeeatrepeat.blogspot.com/ Courtney R

    This looks SO GOOD! I am a cereal fanatic and actually really enjoy the healthy kinds, but it’s just so expensive! This sounds like a great way to cut down on cost and still enjoy a bowl of crunchy goodness in the morning.

  • Jenn

    Annie- I came about your blog a year ago shortly after we had our first child (crazy that he’s a year old now!). I was in search of good, new, yummy, and healthy recipes to make for our growing family and I am extremely thankful to have found your blog. I have made countless (more than 60) of your recipes in the last year…I almost feel like I should write a blog to highlight your blog (similar to the Julie & Julia movie, ha!). You have broadened my abilities in the kitchen and I cannot thank you enough! This granola is just what I was looking for and I can hardly wait to go grocery shopping for next week’s menu (which also includes the wraps you just posted, yum!). So many of the recipes you post and create are now considered weekly staples in our household. Thanks for all of the hard work you do with balancing a family/household, work, and a business of sorts. Thanks for being my friend in the kitchen!

  • Soccer182oz

    Hey i am from australia with no idea how you would serve granola? in a bowl with milk?

  • Anonymous

    Jenn, thank you so much for taking the time to read and try so many recipes. I’m thrilled that you have enjoyed the experience so much. I really appreciate you reading :)

  • Anonymous

    Really any way you want – straight, on yogurt, with milk, whatever.

  • Kristin

    I now have a new food obsession thanks to this granola. I’ve taken it to work every day this week for a filling, healthy, and scrumptious snack! I absolutely love it!

  • Dsteinhart

    Thanks for another great recipe. I’ve been making homemade granola for awhile, but could never find the perfect recipe. This one is the best I’ve tried so far. I substituted sunflower seeds and pepitos for the nuts though, due to my husband’s nut allergy. It’s still delicious, in case anyone’s looking for a nut substitute.

  • Anonymous

    Great combo

  • Jessie Crow

    Yes, that’s what I did…added the oat mixture into the coconut bowl. I thought maybe the coconut would get too crispy in the baking process. The end result tasted a tiny bit burnt to me but everyone else that tried it didn’t notice. And, it’s still yummy!

  • Chandra

    Just wanted you to know that this granola is rocking my world right now! I made it with just a few changes based upon the ingredients available in my pantry, and, HOLY MOLY, I skipped dinner and just ate this. My 17 month old did, too! I only had 1 cup of rolled oats, so used 4 cups of quick oats and 1 cup of steel cut oats. I subbed pecans for the walnuts. I also threw in some pepitas. And I used a mix of dried cherries, blueberries, raspberries and golden raisins. And, I didn’t have any bittersweet chocolate, so I just used some semisweet chips. But, oh so good! I can’t wait to make it with all the correct ingredients. Keep up the good work, Annie!

  • Smorrice

    Soi just ,add this and it is super yummy. My only question is mine didn’t come out “crunchy” or didn’t really chuck when I broke it apart…what could have gone wrong ( I followed the recipe exactly) maybe I needed to cook it longer? Thanks off all your awesome recipes!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it sounds like it just needs to bake a bit longer next time. I have also heard that mixing in an egg white can help it clump up more, though I have not tried that technique myself.

  • jean

    Annie, I made this granola this weekend and it is so delicious! I only made a half batch since there are only two of us, but now I’m wishing I had made the full recipe so I could have a container at work too. I love the taste of the toasted nuts and coconut. Thanks for a delicious recipe!

  • Fatuglyrhino

    I have been thinking about this granola since you posted the recipe and today I finally had time to make it. It came out so good! My kids think its a treat so I don’t think I’ll have any trouble switching their usual Cheerios out for this in the morning. It made plenty so I’m going to bring some in individual baggies to work on Friday to share with my coworkers. I love sharing the fruits of your recipes with my peeps at work! They all think I’m some kind of culinary genius or something.

  • Wendi

    AMAZING!!! This is so delicious. Thank you. My husband likes it better than his store bought granola….hehehehee…

  • Eeyore Ko

    Absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Loretta

    I made this granola this week and my husband wants me to always have some in the freezer. In other words, delicious! Thank you!

  • Lauren Ochoa

    Hey Annie, is it possible that your newer recipes aren’t showing up when doing a search? I searched granola looking for this recipe and it didn’t come up in the search results. Serves me right, obviously I need to bookmark this one because it’s going to become a staple in our house!

  • Anonymous

    I have noticed the same thing with some recipes, but can find no real rhyme or reason to the missing recipes. I’ll let me coding guys know and see if they can figure it out!

  • http://aglassofmilk.wordpress.com/ jennie

    just made this for breakfast and it totally hits the spot. this is now one of those “i’m never buying _____ again” dishes. going to work on that chocolate lovers’ cheesecake for valentine’s day this evening. it will be an annie’s eats day!

  • Monica

    Just have to share a funny story. Have made this before and it is excellent, everyone who tried it raved about it. This last time I made it, got in a hurry in the end when adding the coconut, nuts, flaxseed and spices, I also added the chocolate. Woops! Well just didn’t stir it as much and I have more of a chocolate coated granola, but still yummy.

  • Shelley Freckleton

    Annie! I am new to your blog and LOVE it! :) I first heard about you on Bobbi and Mike’s blog (I too am a photographer)—aren’t they the best?! :) I was wondering if you’ve ever made granola bars and if so, now to make the granola stick into bars. Thanks! I look forward to trying out these yummy recipes!

  • annieseats

    It’s something I have planned for a future post, when I find a recipe I love (so far they’ve been just eh). Keep an eye out :)

  • Carol F.

    My 3 year old and I both love this granola. She likes hers with milk, and I prefer mine over some vanilla Greek yogurt as an afternoon snack. It satisfies any little sweet cravings I may have while still being nutritious. Thanks for sharing!

  • Boo

    I just can’t wait to make this recipe!!! I was wondering though if it could be made with steel cut oats or Irish Oats are they are sometimes called. They don’t look at all like our American counterpart, and are totally gluten free as ours is not. Hmm. I think I’ll just go on and give it a try and report back! How can it be bad, all the ingredients are yummy!

  • http://craveitmakeit.blogspot.ca/ Alex @ Crave It Make It

    Thanks for posting, Annie! I made this recipe over the weekend and loved it.

  • http://craveitmakeit.blogspot.ca/ Alex @ Crave It Make It

    Thanks for posting the granola Annie! I made it this past weekend and loved it.

  • RikiTikiTembo

    I just made this granola – I can NEVER go back to store bought ever again – it was amazing.

  • Leslie Seror

    I made this granola, with a few changes, a few months ago and it was a HUGE hit in our house. I used craisins instead of the cherries and left out the chocolate. I brought it to my son’s preschool and the kids LOVED it! One mom was so surprised that her son ate it and liked it because he is such a picky eater. Since a number of parents asked me for the recipe I sent them the link. Thanks for such a great recipe! I have also made and loved your macaroni and cheese. I look forward t making more of your recipes. Thank you!

    Leslie

  • Kate

    Just made this and am eating it now…so yummy! I’ve never made granola before but I will making it again for sure!

  • C. Sawyer

    Hi Annie!

    Made this last night and it looks & tastes fabulous! My only problem is that it never got crunchy… even after sitting to room temp. Did yours dry out completely or stay somewhat chewy? I wonder if 15 mins. wasn’t long enough in my oven (I took it out promptly because I have a running problem of burning granola) or if it was just too humid here to let it sit out. Thanks again for your wonderful blog – I try your recipes multiple times a week!

  • annieseats

    Mine is a balance of crunchy and chewy, the way I like it. You can bake it longer to dry it out more.

  • Missy

    Annie, as always – you have outdone yourself. Your recipes never disappoint and this one shines! I will be serving at a brunch tomorrow and I know it will be gone by the end of the morning. I already have oats on next week’s shopping list so I can make some and keep it all to myself! Thank you!!

  • http://twitter.com/jenniebites jennie lopez

    this is in the oven again as my hurricane sandy breakfast. as long as we keep power, my oven will be going all day. thanks again, annie

  • Alison Salcedo

    Annie – do you know for how long granola stores? I was thinking about making your granola for holiday gifts this year, and am wondering how far in advance I can make it (and if granola stores well in a freezer?!). Thank you!

  • annieseats

    It has a pretty long shelf life. I don’t think I’d even go to the trouble of freezing it. Just store it in an airtight container and I think it would be fine. Enjoy!

  • Alison Salcedo

    Thank you so much for getting back to me! Holiday granola baking begins today. Have a great holiday!

  • Alison Salcedo

    Annie – I made your granola for holiday gifting and it was a HIT! I have created a little granola monster with my 1.5-yr old, too. Thank you for the inspiration and for the yummy recipe. Will be making this again and again (and I posted about it, too, with a link back to you for the recipe): http://paperwhitesblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/gifting-holiday-granola.html). Merry Christmas!