Cherry Almond Granola

Cherry Almond Granola

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Cherry Almond Granola

2 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp water
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup puffed rice (I use Rice Krispies)
½ cup coconut shavings (i.e., coconut chips, not flakes)
¾ cup slivered almonds
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
pinch of salt
½ cup dried tart cherries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine oil, 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup, water, and almond extract. Add oats, rice, coconut chips, almonds, cinnamon, ginger and salt and stir until combined. Pour into a lump on a baking sheet and spread out into an even layer, so that the mixture is about 1 inch thick. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring gently after 15 minutes. At the 25-minute mark, remove from oven and drizzle additional 2 tbsp of honey atop granola, folding into the same inch-thick pile to incorporate. Bake for final 5 minutes, then remove from oven and cover with a paper towel to cool. Let granola cool completely this way before removing the paper towel and gently breaking the granola apart into chunks. Gently mix in cherries, then store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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