Chocolate-Cherry Granola with Almonds

a jar of granola and nuts
Prep Time: 
50 minutes
Number of Servings: 
8 cups

Ingredients

  • 12 cup vegetable oil, plus additional for oiling pan
  • 14 cup maple syrup
  • 13 cup coconut sugar
  • 13 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 5 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 14 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 8 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 8 oz dried cherries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Lightly brush paper with a small amount of oil. Set baking sheet aside.
  3. Whisk the 12 cup of oil, the maple syrup, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt together in a large bowl. Add oats and almonds until well combined.
  4. Transfer mixture to prepared sheet, spreading it across surface in an even layer. Press mixture down firmly with a stiff metal spatula until it’s compact. 
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Granola will be firm and fragrant. 
  6. Allow granola to cool on baking sheet for 1 hour. Break granola into pieces. Stir in chocolate and cherries. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. 
Nutrition Info: 
466 Calories, 12 g Protein, 64 g Carbohydrates, 8 g Fiber, 21 g Total fat (4 g sat), 80 mg Sodium, ★★★★ Phosphorus, ★★★ Vitamin B1 (thiamine), E, Magnesium, ★★ Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Iron, Zinc, Potassium

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