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Chunky Vanilla Granola

An easy homemade granola to pair with fresh fruit and your favorite yogurt.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned, rolled oats not instant
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup; slivered almonds or sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup real maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut sweetened or unsweetened as desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°.
  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine all the dried ingredients (except the coconut) together in a large bowl. Toss well to incorporate the cinnamon throughout.
  • Mix wet ingredients in a measuring cup and pour over the dry ingredients.
  • Toss well making sure to get all the way to the bottom of the bowl. Spread granola onto prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake until golden in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes and once the timer goes off, sprinkle the coconut over the granola. Bake for 5 minutes more.
  • DO NOT STIR DURING BAKING. This is how you get the chunks.
  • Cool completely before breaking up into chunks.
  • Store in a well-sealed contatiner for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Substitutions
  • Use the ratio as a guide for adding or substituting your favorite ingredients.
Storing:
  • Store in airtight container
  • Can be made ahead for up to 2 weeks.