Dried Cherry Coconut Granola

There’s nothing better than taking a bite of slightly sweet and toasty homemade granola to drown out the bickering between a dog and a two year old little girl. Yes, they bicker. No, I didn’t realize adopting a 60 pound lab meant adopting a another toddler and yes, I’m considering never having anymore children because my hair is quickly turning grey. There’s also the possibility of me entering a psych ward soon. But for now I have the crunchy bites of heaven covered with milk to save my sanity and make me smile when I realize that my once white dog is now neon blue and a beheaded Barbie rolls under neath my feet.

Dried Cherry Coconut Granola makes 10 cups

  • 4 cups oats
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 2 cups raw shredded or flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil*
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups dried sweet or bing cherries, pitted

*the low down on virgin coconut oil, in case you were wondering: Virgin coconut oil is one of the safest oils to cook with. It does not contain trans fatty acids and does not break down. Coconut oil is known as the “energy fat” and is favoured by dieters, athletes, and body builders. It is slightly lower in calories than most other fats and oils and is processed in the liver and converted directly into energy unlike most oils. So, in conclusion it’s pretty healthy.

Preheat oven to 300° F.

With a sharp knife, coarsely chop almonds. If you have little kiddos like I, you might want to chop the almonds in pieces they can handle.

In a large bowl, combine oats, chopped almonds, and shredded coconut.

In a small bowl or measuring cup combine coconut oil, honey, and maple syrup. Mix well.

Pour the coconut oil/honey/syrup mix into the oats and stir well until combined.

Spread evenly on a large baking sheet (11″x17″) and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oats are golden. Add the cherries when cooled and stir to combine.

Store in an air-tight container.

Perfect on cherry Greek yogurt. Have you noticed I’m addicted to Greek Yogurt lately?

    Comments

  • Colleen


    I never thought about using coconut oil. I usually use olive oil. We are due to make another batch of granola this weekend so I will try out.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Tory


    I noticed in your recipe you have 2 TBS pure maple syrup, do you add it with the honey and coconut oil. I also love greek yogurt and this will be the first time I attempt making granola which would go perfect with the yogurt. Sounds yummy.

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      Thank you Tory for catching that. Yes do add it then. I think it gives it just a back of that maple flavor without being too powerful. I’ve fixed the recipe. Thanks again!

  • Katie


    With your Dried Cherry Coconut Granola, can I substitute coconut oil for macadamia oil? I know theres a lot of healthy benefits to coconut oil its just coconut doesn’t agree with me, it repeats on me and leaves a very unpleasant acidy taste in the back of my throat for hours on end. It can also be painful enough to keep me awake all night long.

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