This homemade chocolate cherry granola recipe with dried cherries and dark chocolate makes a really tasty breakfast, while any leftovers can be enjoyed as a nutritious snack.
So apparently I don’t know how to count. By apparently I mean this is not at all news to me. Despite my disorganized tendencies, I have been relatively organized throughout the ecookbook process. I have a word doc which lists all of the recipes I have made or plan to make and a tally indicating how many of these recipes I have actually made.
Before I left for Montreal the list was at 27 out of 40 recipes. Or so I thought…I decided to take the train ride to Montreal as an opportunity to edit pictures, which was when I discovered my list included 41 recipes! Odd numbers are a big no-no around here so I decided to pick one recipe to share with you guys.
My math skills, or lack there of are somewhat notorious. I still count on my fingers and anything above that requires a calculator. I had a math tutor from 5th grade onward and I still managed to get 56% on my Calculus final in high school. Granted I also had a major case of senioritis and spent most of class surfing the web for a prom dress instead of learning about integers.
Numbers are not a language I speak. Although I do randomly speak quite a few languages. I avoided as many math classes as I could by fillng up my schedule with language courses. At one point I was taking English, French, Italian and German. Not surprisingly, this also coincided with my childhood dream to be a UN interpreter. And yes, the languages I chose to learn absolutely had to do with their cuisines…
Unfortunately, all the time and energy invested in learning these languages was somewhat useless since I remember zero German, a miniscule amount of Italian and enough French for me to survive aka “moules et frites si vous plait!” I’ve always wondered, if I had taken more math classes might I be able to calculate the tip on my bill without pulling out my calculator?
Which brings up the whole nature vs. nurture concept. Maybe I would have turned out differently if I hadn’t fought back so hard with my parent’s desire for me to be an engineer. I find that highly unlikely considering it took me at least 5 minutes to count out the change to pay for the overpriced trail mix I bought on the train. But we can’t discount the possibility that if baby me had been learning fractions instead of playing with dolls I might be a mathematician right now.
Lucky for you, my parents didn’t have that kind of forethought so you get this Chocolate Cherry Granola recipe!
- 3 cups rolled oats*
- 2 cups raw cashews, chopped
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg white (optional)**
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips***
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl combine rolled oats and cashews.
- Top with coconut oil, applesauce, honey, vanilla extract and egg white. Stir until oats and cashews are well coated.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
- Spread out granola on baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 mins.
- Remove from oven and flip granola as well as you can.
- Place back into oven and bake for another 12-15 mins.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely.
- Once cool add in cherries and chocolate chips.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
*egg white creates granola clusters but will yield a more muesli consistency if omitted.
***I use Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips.
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