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Dried Cherry and Coconut Granola

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 10 to 11 cups

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

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size Per 1/4 cup
  • Calories (kcal) : 120
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 60
  • Fat (g): 7
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 55
  • Carbohydrates (g): 14
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 3


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.)


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Reviews (10 reviews)

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    GoldieSGibson | 10/15/2018

    So yummy and tasty

  • Tumultuary | 03/17/2018

    My family loves this granola recipe. However, I did find it rather salty with the 1 tsp salt. I cut that down to 1/2 tsp and it was perfect.
    Another change - used dried cranberries instead of dried cherries as my husband doesn't care for cherries.
    After trying both ways, cherry and cranberry, I must say I liked the sweet sharpness of the dried cranberries instead of the cherries better.

  • karenkitchen | 02/02/2017

    This is my favorite granola recipe because (1) it is incredibly tasty and (2) it is super easy--I love that you just leave it in the oven overnight. I make this over and over again and always have some on hand.

  • hak | 12/16/2015

    My favorite granola recipe yet! I substituted pumpkin seeds for the pistachios as the unsalted ones are hard to find and loved the result. Xmas gifts again this year.

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