The Best Granola Ever … in My Humble Opinion

While cooking is not my favorite activity…I eat to live, not live to eat…there are some foods that make me feel at home, comfortable and even healthy at the same time. Sounds like a winner, right?

One of those is a new home-made granola recipe I found which uses ingredients I especially love; old-fashioned oats, almond butter (hooray protein) and dried cherries. I made a batch when Laura was home for her baby shower a couple weeks ago and everyone loved it. So this past weekend I made more just because I wanted it to munch on.  

Here’s the recipe!

½ cup almond butter

½ cup honey

¼ cup brown sugar

Pour or scoop this thick yummy-ness into a saucepan and heat on low till it warms and melts together. Turn off the heat, add and stir in:

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon cinnamon

While the almond goodness is warming on the stove, measure into a big mixing bowl and stir to mix:

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup sliced almonds

¾-1 cup of dried cherries

1 teaspoon sea salt

Pour still warm almond butter goodness over the oats mixture and stir well till it’s all coated.

Spread on parchment paper on a flat cookie sheet or jelly roll pan

Bake at 325 for 10 minutes, remove and stir the granola, return to oven and bake another 10 minutes. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes then begin breaking up the larger chunks into smaller bite sized pieces.

Store in quart jars!

It’s great on a bowl of greek yogurt or right out of the jar!

Happy Fall everyone!

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12 thoughts on “The Best Granola Ever … in My Humble Opinion”

  1. I can smell the brown sugar and cinnamon now! This would also make a festive gift with one of your Christmas ornaments or Adore Hymns tied round the neck of the jar. Thank you for sharing!

  2. This sounds and looks delicious, Barbara! We love granola….and this new recipe will, I’m certain, be a nice change!! Thank you for sharing this! We love reading your blog!! Happy Fall to you All!!

  3. I really like using almond butter & was just thinking about making granola in a few weeks for some Christmas gifts. I might add some almonds and use dried cranberries for a festive touch. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Looks delicious! I am going to make that! Thank you for your wonderful blog and all that you share with us. I find it all very encouraging.

    1. So glad you’re encouraged by the blog! That is and always has been my hope and prayer! And hope you enjoy the granola! :)

  5. Carla Pantaleon-Stovell

    I like this I will try it. I would like a substitute for the Almond butter and the would probable use dried cranberries and raisins instead of dried cherries.

    1. You might be able to substitute the almond butter for any sort of nut butter? I haven’t tried it any other way but would love to hear what you decide to use and how it turns out! I’m sure cranberries and raisins would be delicious!

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