Black Forest Granola

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Black Forest Granola
Do you ever make your own granola? Or perhaps a better question is, do you like granola? Or maybe that’s a stupid question…who doesn’t!  Granola in the morning is such amazing power food fuelled by oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. What a great way to start your day. It’s so simple to make and tastes much fresher and crunchier. Another reason to make your own is you can choose just what to put in it! This batch was made at Brad’s request (he is really trying to get healthy! ). Given his love for Black Forest cake, I thought it would be fun to combine all the flavours of his favourite dessert in his morning granola. It’s full of dried morello cherries, hazelnuts and a little sprinkling of chocolate bits.  Just to be on the naughty side.  😉

Black Forest Granola
Ingredients:

  • Oil- 2 tbsp.
  • Maple syrup ( I used real Canadian maple syrup)- 1/2 cup/ 125 ml
  • Honey- 2 tbsp.
  • Vanilla- 1 tsp.
  • Rolled Oats- 3 cups/300 gr
  • Hazelnuts- 1/4 cup
  • Almonds- 1/4 cup
  • Pumpkin Seeds- 2 tbsp.
  • Dried Cherries- 1/3 cup
  • Chocolate chips- 3 tbsp.

Method:

Preheat oven to 180C/350F

In a large bowl whisk together, oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla. Add all the remaining ingredients except for dried cherries, combine and press the mixture into a parchment lined baking sheet (this way no extra fat is needed for greasing). Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Take it out and mix in dried cherries and chocolate chips, bake for additional 10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy the aroma that fills your house. Mmm

Black Forest Granola
My favourite way – which also happens to be a healthier way – to eat granola is sprinkling a couple of tablespoons over yogurt with some frozen berries. This granola is SO good for you but can easily become “not-so-good” if you sit down to a huge bowl of it!
Black Forest Granola

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