I’m big into snacking. Probably so into it, that it’s more of a shortcoming. People comment, “I saw you driving, you were eating”… yes, thank you, that is typically the case. If managed correctly, small meals throughout the day are better for your metabolism. I’m flabbergasted that my snacks-on-the-hour approach hasn’t made diet headlines yet.

I like when granola has chunks,almost like mini cookies within the granola. I did some research and found a tip from The Traveler's Lunchbox to give some of the oats a grind. To be honest, this didn't exactly work for me, but it likely has to do with my proportion of wet ingredients. The theory of the oat flour acting as a binder, completly makes sense. My goal was to keep the fat and sugar down, so my clumps were few. Exisiting, but few.The recipe below is quite tasty and my quest for 'light' clusters remains.

Granola has an oat base, where you are welcome to change the nut and dried fruit additions as you please. I like to use a tad of butter and brown sugar for crunch, and agave nectar because it is not as sweet as honey. Most homes have honey on hand, and that will certainly work out just fine. We gifted some, made Hugh breakfast with a bit of plain yogurt and will pack the rest as the perfect sustenance for our 4th of July beach day. I will say that after the breakfast ration, dark chocolate chips were added- highly recommended for optimum snacking.

CHERRY NUT GRANOLA // Makes about 6 Cups

3 Cups Quick Oats
3 tbsp. Flax Seeds
3 tbsp. Sesame Seeds
1/2 Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
3/4 Cup Raw Pistachios
3/4 cup Raw Slivered Almonds
2 tbsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil or melted butter
2 tbsp. Agave Nectar (or Local Honey)
1 tbsp. Real Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Cups Dried Cherries

**If you double this recipe, make sure to bake it in shifts. If the layer of oats is too thick, it will steam itself. If you put one sheet on the lower rack, it won't crisp up because of it's upstairs neighbor.

Oven to 325’

1. In a saucepan, on low heat, melt the brown sugar, applesauce, agave nectar/honey, olive oil/butter and vanilla. Let it warm through so the sugar breaks down and all flavors incorporate.
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, salt, nuts and seeds. Slowly drizzle the wet mixture on the oat mix and stir until all oats are covered. It should look pretty moist but not 'wet'.
3. Spread the granola in an even layer on a baking pan (also known as jelly roll pan; ½’’ sides). Place the rack in the middle of the oven and bake for 15 minutes, stir. Granola should take about 45 minutes to cook, continue to stir every 15 minutes for even color.
4. Pull out the granola and fold in the dried cherries. Allow the granola to cool completely before adding chocolate chips or putting it in a container. granola_04

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Reader Comments (25)

Nothing beats homemade granola. My mom puts sesame seeds & coconut in her's. It's so yummy.

An off topic question: What type of camera are you shooting with? The photos are just perfect. Really.

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

Yum! I love granola! And the pictures are gorgeous, as usual! My favorite: the one just above the recipe.

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentererin @ dessert girl

mmm . . . I love homemade granola. Such a perfect snack! I have to say that I'm never without a snack when I venture out even for a little while. It's never a bad idea to be prepared just in case!

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEatingRD

Thank you so very much! I did get a new canon rebel xsi, and I'm still learning how to use it. I think I need to take a class haha. It's getting there, I think I need to work with my lighting more now :)

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEatingRD

Loooooove the sound of this recipe! When I make granola I don't want to add too much fat or sugar either. I love the granola "cookie" pieces too so if you find a way to do it, while keeping the granola relatively healthy, I'd love to know!! =)

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love granola... I always do it with the girls at our house.
Thanks for the tip!


July 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermariana

I am in love with your blog. Honestly, absolutely in love with it. You take amazing photos. I've finally started 'following' your blog through blogspot, and I'm happy to share that I've added your blog to my favorites on the side bar of mine!!

:) Very inspiring, you are.

Oh, and granola is awesome, but we both know that. ;)

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAsha

this looks pretty tasty. i need to tweak my snack routine. maybe i'll try this. i'm always looking for something salty though.

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLainey

looks delicious! must try this!!

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwedding chicks

This snack looks wonderful and I love the idea it can be a gift as well! :)

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralexandria

I love your blog! I am a huge snacker, eater, piggy too!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterredmenace

I like you, take a snack-by-the-hour approach to eating. This looks absolutely amazing. Can't wait to make it...and add it into the snack rotation! ;)

July 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

This is my kind of granola. Chunky and filled with all kinds of nuts. I tried the most decadent version from Orangette which had chocolate and lots of it. But this is the everyday granola, and who is to say that I can't toss in some chocolate chips at the end?

July 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

What a beautiful blog! I love the photos and the simplicity of style. I've already saved the Spiced Halibut recipe to try :) . Thank you for sharing with us!

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYumi

Wonderful photography! Those last two photos are just beautiful.

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Made this over the weekend after a trip to whole foods for the ingredients. Delicious! And I'm thinking its cheaper than simply buying granola from the box.

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTessa

This not only looks beautiful but also delicious. And you know, I like granola! :)

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Walker

I've got some in the oven right now.....can't wait to try it!
I'll let you know how it turns out.

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicki Smith

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April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMattias « Lifefood&y

I just found your blog the other day and read the whole way back to the beginning; the photos and recipes are inspiring!
I made this granola last night, using 3-grain oat-y mix instead of just oats and adding cloves and ginger along with the cinnamon. Even though I nearly burned half of it (pan too small to cook all at once), it's delightful!

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatey

Making this AS WE SPEAK!
With the nuts I found in my kitchen, without the nuts I didn't have.
Can't wait to eat it with homemade nut yogurt and a drizzle of tart cherry sauce on top!

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkarina hafnor

Delish! The whole family loved it! Made it with coconut butter instead of butter because that is what I had on hand--- still tasty. Making another batch tonight.....

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I made a few batches of this as party favor gifts for a brunch-baby shower ...and they were a big hit! I passed along your website and recipe to many! Delicious! Thank you!!

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

This looks and must taste absolutely awesome! Thank you for this inspiring recipe. I'm definitely going to make it!! :)

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