I started this post with plans to tell you about my breakfast routine. But, to be honest, as much as I love my oatmeal with raspberries, I’m not actually interested in my breakfast routine so I can’t image anyone else is.
What I am interested in is this granola and you should be too. It’s a touch salty, a touch sweet, and perfectly crunchy. It’s packed with nuts and seeds and a little bit of fruit. Even though the batch this recipe produces is so large that I’ve been giving it away all week in order to reclaim our tupperware, when I run out I hope to make it again.
To make it I drew on the collective wisdom of the blogosphere, but right now I have what I actually did written on a post-note. This is not the most reliable recipe storage method, although it is often my method of choice. To show my faith that I am going to want to make this for years to come, I’m moving the recipe to this site where it will less easily end up in the trash or stuck to the bottom of my shoe. Here it is:
Cherry, Date Granola:
Adapted from Orangette.
– 3 cups oats
– 1 cup pepitas
– 1 cup salted, roasted sunflower seeds
– 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
– 1 cup walnuts
– 1/4 cup flax meal
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 3/4 cup maple syrup
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– 1 cup mejdool dates
– 1 cup sour cherries
* Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
* Mix together all the dry ingredients.
* Stir the maple syrup and olive oil into the dry ingredients until they all look slightly damp.
* Spread on a baking sheet and put in oven.
* Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until the granola has turned a deeper shade of brown. About a half hour in to the baking, begin to toss it with a spatula every 5 or 10 minutes so it doesn’t burn.
* As it bakes chop mejdool dates and sour cherries into small pieces. The dates will be pretty gummy, do not worry.
* Remove granola from oven and allow to cool.
* When granola is cool stir in cherries and dates. This is not very clumpy granola when it comes out of the oven, but the stickiness of the dates creates clumps. I found that stirring in the cherries and dates with my hands worked best because you could really distribute them.
* Store in freezer.
Note: This is not very fruity granola. If you prefer more fruit in your granola you could easily double the number of cherries and dates.