Cherry Vanilla Almond Granola

GranolaI love granola. Love it. I eat it dry; right out of my hand. And, since I’m a stay at home mom, I feel like I need to make things…like, from scratch. Turns out, granola is one of those really, surprisingly, easy things to make. I’ve tried a few different recipes, but was never particularly wow-ed by them, so I figured I might as well come up with my own. The key, for me, is to not have any honey in it. I hate honey. I know it’s a great sugar alternative, and it helps glob things together, but I don’t like it. So, when I found jar after jar of “naturally” flavored agave nectar in the good-for-you-section, I got pretty excited. I grabbed a vanilla one and then went looking for other things that would go well with it.

Yesterday, I put the girls down for their nap, sent Lance off to his volleyball game and started playing kitchen. This is what I came up with:

4 cups oats
2 cups coconut
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup wheat germ
hearty sprinkle of cinnamon
1 cup slivered almonds (don’t add until later)
1 cups chopped up dried cherries (don’t add until later)

1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup agave nectar, vanilla flavored

In a large bowl, mix all the dry together (saving the fruit and nuts for later), then stir in the gooey. Spread the mixture over wax paper on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 for ~30 minutes. It browns quickly, so stir every 10 minutes; add the fruit and nuts at the first 10 minute stir. Let it air dry and cool for a couple hours before bagging up.

*the wheat germ…I honestly have no idea why I put that in, I saw it in the store and thought “huh, that sounds healthy and should go in too.”

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