A simple and addictive recipe for homemade granola with chocolate, almonds, and cherries. Made with heart-healthy olive oil and other good-for-you ingredients!
3cupsold fashioned rolled oats
1cupraw whole almonds
3/4cupshredded sweetened coconut
1 1/2teaspoonsground cinnamon
1tablespoonunsweetened cocoa powder— plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
¼cupextra virgin olive oil— (light and fruity)
¼cuplight brown sugar
Place rack in center upper third of oven and preheat to 300 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the olive oil, light brown sugar, and honey. Stir over medium heat, until sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour the warm olive oil mixture over the oat mixture. With a wooden spoon, gently scoop and fold, coating the oats and nuts, until fairly evenly moistened. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared backing sheet, press down gently with the back of a wooden spoon, then place in oven.
Bake for 30 minutes, removing from oven and stirring once every 10 minutes. When finished baking, granola will be slightly toasted around the edges and smell amazing.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Stir in dried cherries.
Store leftover granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the refrigerator for 1 month.