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. Serve with yogurt or kefir and fresh berries! Yields 12 (2 ounce) servings!
Truth: It has always irked me that I got very little nuts in my bagged granola.
Like why so stingy? The best thing about making your own granola is that you can add all the fruit and nuts you want.
As you can probably tell, I’m super excited to tell you about this granola. I know, how can granola be exciting? It really can’t be, but this chewy fruit and nut granola isn’t just any granola. It’s packed with dried fruit, TWO kinds of nuts and wholesome oat goodness enveloped in a honey-maple-vanilla hug.
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.
To Make This Fruit and Nut Granola You Will Need:
- old fashioned rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill extra-thick cut oats) – The base of the granola. Also gives it chewy texture.
- wheat germ – A great source of vegetable proteins, along with fiber and healthy fats.
- fine salt – Balances out the sweetness.
- almonds – Adds delicious crunch and flavor.
- pecan halves – Adds more crunch and nutty flavor.
- dried cherries – Gives this granola tart sweetness.
- unsalted butter – Adds moisture and aids in browning and crisping the granola while baking.
- honey – Adds sweetness
- pure maple syrup – Adds a caramel like sweetness.
- pure vanilla extract – Adds warmth and flavor.
- an egg white – Acts as a glue that will bind the ingredients together.
In a large bowl, measure and add 2 and 1/2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill extra thick cut oats – not sponsored), 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/3 cup each chopped almonds, pecans and 1/2 cup dried cherries.
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 4 tablespoons (half a stick) of unsalted butter and pour in 1/4 cup each of pure maple syrup and honey and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Once the butter has melted, remove off of the heat and pour the butter mixture into the bowl of oats, fruits and nuts.
Then stir to coat.
Next, spoon the granola out onto rimmed metal baking pan lined with parchment OR sprayed with non-stick spray.
Then spread it out in an even layer and bake in a preheated 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.
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.
Serve your granola however you like it. I love it kefir yogurt an fresh berries. It’s like dessert for breakfast.
The breakfast (or snack!) of champions. Get your spoons ready.
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!
Fruit and Nut Granola
- 2½ cups old fashioned rolled oats, I use Bob's Red Mill extra-thick cut oats
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt, more or less to taste
- 1/3 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg white , optional (see notes)
- Preheat your oven to 350° and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment OR lightly grease a non-stick spray (like ghee oil or coconut oil).
- In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, wheat germ, salt, chopped nuts and dried fruit.
- Then in a small saucepan add the butter, maple syrup, honey and vanilla. Heat over low just until the butter melts.
- Pour the butter mixture into the bowl with the oats and toss well to combine.
- Spread the granola out onto the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Stir and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk egg white until frothy.
- After the granola has baked for a total of 15 minutes, carefully remove and toss wit the frothy egg whites and stir to incorporate.
- Bake for 5-7 more minutes. Remove and let cool completely before breaking into clusters.
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Such a fabulous way to start the day!! Love this recipe!
This looks like summer in a bowl!
I want this right now!
There are so many good things happening in this granola. Love it. Pinned!
I don’t know that I could love this post any more than I do!
“I like to call this… the granola dump. Which actually sounds better in my head than it does typed out.” haha I honestly DID laugh out loud!
This sounds perfect! I’m absolutely in love with the granola at Panera, it’s a maple-flavored thing that I just haven’t been able to find anywhere else. This sounds like a much better home made version of it.
Also, I couldn’t agree more about packaged yogurt being stingy on the nuts! I too would love to “dump” in lots of extra pecans and almonds 😉
Thanks Milena! I hope you try this granola and come back and let me know what you think! Oh and I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels jipped by granola brands! 🙂
Love homemade granola especially the chewy kind!
Mmm, looks very delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
I have never made my own granola before, but I’m eager to try! Always looking for something different for breakfast, eggs bore me after awhile =)
And Target,….ahhh, I can’t even drive past Target without dropping 100 bucks!
Oh Laura… your life will be changed! You’ll probably still drop some dough at Target, but it won’t be on granola 😉
Sounds delis! Just wondering if I could replace the wheat germ with ground flax seed? I am gluten free. TIA Eunice
Absolutely Eunice! Great question! 🙂
I get excited about granola 🙂
Homemade granola is just impossible to get sick of! I eat it all the time, and have won over all my kids – even my one year old eats it for breakfast! Love your version.
Totally delicious way to start the day!
I landed on your page because I googled “soft granola recipe” and what grabbed me was that I am trying to stop spending money on the Bear Naked! Do tell, is this as soft and chewy as their Fruit & Nut?
Thank you for such a great recipe! 🙂
I’m looking forward to making this but I have a question: can the extra granola be stored for use later in the week? And if so, how would I store it, in the fridge?
Thank you and looking forward it to making it:)
Hi Kari! Yes… In an airtight container in your cupboard
Made this today and it was great! I left of the egg white this time…due to not having time 🙁 The granola was wonderful… I think I’ll add just a TINY bit more nuts next time tho! Will be making at least once a week…thanks!! I can’t wait to make it again next week but using the egg white 🙂
Have you tried adding quinoa to it?
I’m curious what the egg white does – what am I missing? Thanks btw for this recipe, cannot wait to make it!
I am in love with this granola!!! I just made it and the only change I made was I used salted butter, but I love the salty sweet flavor and I can’t stop eating it!!
Wow! Yum! I added some Trader Joe’s freeze-dried fruit (strawberries, blueberries) which was awesome. They added fruity crunch to the fruity chew. I always wondered how to make clumpy granola so the egg whites was an exciting development. I made the batch and with the help of two friends managed to demolish it within 72 hours. Delicious!!! Thank you for creating such a reliable recipe that is as wonderful as it is easy.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And I love that you added freeze-dried fruit! 🙂
I have made your granola a number of times and love it, but I’m struggling with the egg white. Can you provide any advice on how to add this in a way that doesn’t cook itself into eggs? Usually some of it works great and the granola forms nice clusters without evidence of eggs. However, other clusters become chewy and white from the egg whites, like it is scrambled egg white with granola pieces. Do you have a trick to prevent this? Thanks! Cynthia
Hi Cynthia! I would try adding only half the beaten egg whites to the granola. Hopefully that does the trick! Please keep me posted 🙂
So good!! Made this for the first time today with dried apricots. Ate it with honey flavored yogurt and fresh berries and YUM!