In this chewy fruit and nut granola, thick cut oats, pecans, almonds and dried cherries are tossed and baked in a honey, maple and vanilla buttery syrup.
I’m super excited to tell you about this granola. I know, how can granola be exciting? It can’t really, but this chewy fruit and nut granola isn’t like, just any granola. It’s packed with dried fruit, TWO kinds of nuts and oat-y goodness enveloped in a honey-maple-vanilla hug.
The breakfast of champions. Get your spoons ready.
I usually eat breakfast right after I drop my youngest off at school, my cup of coffee and before I do anything else. If I don’t eat, I’ll get crabby and suffer from caffeine shakes. Sometimes I fry up an egg and have it over turkey sausage, or I’ll have peanut butter toast, but the one thing I make most often is what you see above; a big fat bowl of oats, nuts and berries.
I made this recipe out of necessity. I was literally going through a bag of Bear Naked fruit and nut granola A WEEK! It’s kind of embarrassing to admit. But we’re friends right? Plus it can’t be any more embarrassing then when I admitted to how I finished off those sweet potatoes and while at a restaurant too! I cringe.
Obviously I couldn’t justify a bag of granola a week addiction, and when I started to make special trips to Target just for granola I knew I had a problem. I mean, who goes to Target and only gets granola? I’ll tell you… NO ONE. So with that thought in mind, I set off to make my own version.
First, you’ll need 2-1/2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats. I’m pretty fond of Bob’s Red Mill extra thick cut oats… they’re my favorite. (this is not a sponsored post, they did NOT pay me to say that… it’s the truth, yo!}
Then add in a quarter cup of wheat germ… for a little extra somethin-somethin.
Don’t forget the quarter teaspoon of kosher salt.
Then give it a stir to combine.
Next, coarsely chop up the pecans and almonds. Do the same to the dried cherries. However, you could use any dried fruit; apricots, cranberries, blueberries… you get the idea.
Then throw them into the bowl with the oats.
Stir to combine and then move on to the sweet stuff, which is the best part in my opinion.
Next, in to a small saucepan, add a half a stick of butter and pour in 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup.
Them add in a 1/4 cup of honey.
Once the butter has melted, remove off of the heat and add in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Then stir to combine.
Next, pour the honey-maple-butter into the bowl of oats, fruits and nuts.
Then stir to coat.
Next, spoon the granola out onto a lightly buttered, rimmed metal baking pan.
Then spread it out in an even layer and bake in a 350° oven for 10 minutes.
Next, remove the pan and gently stir the granola. Then spread it back out on the pan and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
Ps. This smells all sorts of amazing. PPS. I took a spoonful of it and ate it while it was still soft and warm.
After the granola has baked for 15 minutes, pull it out and give it a toss. If you’re like me and like your granola with clusters, well this is what you do. Grab an egg and separate the yolk from the whites and whisk those whites until frothy.
Next, pour it onto the warm granola.
Toss the granola in the frothy egg whites, spread it back out one more time and bake for 5 to 7 more minutes. Even if you’re skipping the egg white, you’ll still want to bake it for the additional time.
Whether you opt in or out of the egg white, when you pull the granola out of the oven it will still a bit soft. Allowing it to completely cool or almost completely and then toss it around or crumble it into chewy chunky clusters. Store the granola in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.
This is how I like my granola…
Homemade granola with a drizzle of kefir or yogurt on top…
Homemade granola with kefir annnnd fresh berries… now that’s the ultimate. Like dessert for breakfast… but good for you.
I’m a big fan of kefir. Kefir is a tangy, basically lactose free fermented milk… similar to yogurt. It’s thin, making it pour-able and perfect for drizzling over granola. I love it!
Truth: It has always irked me that I got very little nuts in my bagged granola. Why so stingy? The best thing about making my own chewy fruit and nut granola is that now I get all the pecans and almonds I want. Bonus!
That annnd it’s granola you won’t chip a tooth on. Here, have a bite. Jussst kidding… don’t you wish?
Enjoy! And if you give this Chewy Fruit and Nut Granola recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
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