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Dried Cherry and Coconut Granola

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Yields 10 to 11 cups

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 126

Wake up to a fresh batch of cardamom-scented granola, which becomes crisp overnight in the cooling oven. It’s delicious with almonds, pistachios, and dried cherries, but you can use any nuts and dried fruit you like. Serve with yogurt or milk.

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1-1/2 cups slivered almonds
  • 1 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. table salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries, preferably unsweetened
The night before

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line a large heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

Combine the oats, almonds, pistachios, coconut, cinnamon, salt, and cardamom in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup, oil, and brown sugar and stir well. Spread onto the prepared sheet and bake until just starting to turn golden, about 15 minutes. Turn off the oven. Stir the granola mixture, return to the oven, and close the door. Let the granola sit in the oven for 6 to 12 hours.

In the morning

Transfer the granola to a large bowl, breaking up any large clumps. Stir in the dried cherries and serve. (Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 month.)

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : Per 1/4 cup; Calories (kcal): 120; Fat (g): fat g 7; Fat Calories (kcal): 60; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 2; Protein (g): protein g 3; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 14; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 55; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is terrific granola! The cardamom adds such a nice nuance. I was able to find tart cherries that were the perfect finish. I did make some a small change in that I added some pumpkin and sunflower seeds to the miix.

This is delicious!!! And as other reviewers commented, the way it made the house smell is indescribable. YUM. It makes the perfect breakfast over honey yogurt with bananas. My pantry is always stocked with this!

my daughter and her college friends love this heavenly granola. when she comes home, i always make a batch for them to snack on while watching a movie as well as driving back to school. its also a great source of energy for me before my morning yoga class or high intensity work-out.

I've made this now a few times and it gets better each time! The only change I made was to leave out the dried cherries. The house smells heavenly. I agree with the previous reviewer, I can't stop snacking on it.

My daughter has a nut allergy so I left out the nuts but it was super good anyways. It is hard to find a good nut free granola in the store so she was thrilled.

I cannot stop snacking on this! It made my house smell fantastic, and tastes amazing, too.

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