Food and Drink

Home Made Cherry Almond Granola with Chia and Pine Nuts- So Good!

The Husband found a super-delicious bag of granola being sold at the bike shop recently- Fit Chick may be pricy, but is definitely worth every penny. It’s delicious. Click the picture (swiped from the Fit Chick web site) to connect with ordering info if you are so inclined…

I’ve been meaning to try a granola recipe that I found and squirreled away on Pinterest, and now I have a great model to imitate- I used a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, tweeked the ratios to make a smaller batch, and added chia seeds and pine nuts to come close to the Fit Chick bag o’ goodness.

Here’s how it went down…

Dry ingredients, ready for oils and syrup...
Dry ingredients, ready for oils and syrup…

Cherry Almond Granola

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole almonds, chopped roughly
  • 1 cup dried cherries, chopped roughly
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Mix well the first seven ingredients (syrup through the oils). Mix in well the oats, almonds, cherries, pine nuts and chia seeds. Press into a baking sheet and bake at 325 for 40 minutes. Let cool, break into chunks and enjoy!

Patted into pan...
Patted into pan…
Finished granola.
Finished granola.

This was another “Holy Yum” recipe. If I were to rank it, it would be worthy of an 11 out of 10, à la Spinal Tap.

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