On Christmas morning I always make a big family breakfast. The only problem is trying to decide ... do we eat first or open presents? Often presents win over breakfast and before you know it's noon and everyone is starved. This year I'm making this overnight granola to serve when our family arrives. Sprinkle a few scoops on top of plain Greek Yogurt and you have a protein packed satisfying snack. Hopefully everyone will be full long enough for the biscuits, muffins, eggs and breakfast meats to be cooked and baked.
The lovely scent of cardamom and cinnamon filled the house as the granola baked in the oven overnight. The sweet red cherries and crunchy nuts make this a wonderful simple treat.
I had a few pistachios and hazelnuts in the cabinet so I threw them in. Use any nuts and fruits you have on hand. It's all good!
Coconut Cherry Almond Granola
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1 cup assorted nuts (I used hazelnuts and pistachios)
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 cup good quality pure maple syrup
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup dried cherries (I used sweetened)
(Note: This recipe is designed to be made the night before serving so it will be ready for breakfast the following morning. It may be stored in an airtight container for up to one month.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large, rimmed heavy-duty baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In an extra-large mixing bowl combine the oats, almonds, assorted nuts, coconut, cinnamon, salt and cardamom. Mix with a spatula to combine. Add the brown sugar, breaking up any chunks along with the olive oil and maple syrup. Gently stir until everything is well coated.
Spread the granola in the parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Gently stir the baked granola and put it back in the oven. Turn the oven off, shut the door and wait 6-12 hours without disturbing. Break up any large clumps and stir in the dried cherries. Serve with milk or yogurt and store left overs in an air tight container.
(recipe adapted from Fine Cooking)
Are you baking this week or decorating, or both? We haven't finished decorating but hope to soon! Christmas is quickly sneaking up on us. I would love to bake all month long making old recipes and new but I guess we can't live on cookies alone, darn.
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