Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cherry-Chocolate Granola

Cherry-Chocolate Granola
A few months ago, I devoured the most delicious cookie from Teacake Bake Shop in the Burlingame Shopping District. The cookie was called the Jubilant Cherry and it had chunks of sweet chocolate with dried cherries. I don’t know where they got those cherries, but they were ohhh-so-good.

Since I don’t live near Burlingame to go grab myself one of these cookies, I decided to recreate it into a granola form. This way, I could enjoy it for breakfast, at lunch, or even on a dessert. So versatile! It will shock you how quick & EASY granola is to make. I don’t think I’ll ever bother buying it at the store again. Not sure how to get started? Check out the basics of granola-making by Kumiko Mitarai at Serious Eats and get creative in the kitchen with your own granola ideas!

Stay tuned for more granola recipes. This batch won't last long :) XOXO....little j Y

Cherry-Chocolate Granola

3 cups oats
1 cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup butter, unsalted
¼ cup honey
¼ cup agave
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup dried cherries, chopped
½ cup mini semi-sweet morsels (Nestle Toll House)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, chopped walnuts, butter, honey, agave, vanilla and cinnamon. Blend ingredients together thoroughly using a spoon or your hands. Arrange the mixture in a thin layer onto a cookie sheet and bake in oven for about 30 minutes. Toss the granola every 10 minutes while it’s baking for an even golden color.

After the granola is cool, add in the dried cherries & mini morsels.

*Note: For a sweeter & more cluster-like granola (I like mine sweet!) you can drizzle the granola with honey after it has baked in the oven for 30 minutes. Then pop it back into the oven for an extra 5-10 minutes, toss it up, and let it cool.

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