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Pistachios and Cherries Granola

Level up your breakfast with this easy granola recipe featuring crunchy pistachios with soft and sour dried cherries. Salt, maple syrup, and olive oil make for crispy and flavorful granola.
Pistachios and Cherries Granola.

Pistachios and Cherries Granola.

There are so many dizzying varieties and choices of granola in the market. With such a reality, why would anyone want to make homemade granola?

Well, my family is particularly partial to this granola recipe. We have tried so many different granolas from the grocery stores. Although we like some of them, we keep returning to this tried and true recipe. Every time I make this homemade granola, we question why we even bother trying with anything else.

Ingredients for pistachios and cherries granola: rolled oats, shelled pistachios, unsweetened coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, kosher salt, light brown sugar, maple syrup, extra virgin olive oil, and dried sour cherries.

Ingredients for pistachios and cherries granola: rolled oats, shelled pistachios, unsweetened coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, kosher salt, light brown sugar, maple syrup, extra virgin olive oil, and dried sour cherries.

The ingredients for pistachios and cherries granola

We are going to use the following ingredients for our granola:

This recipe makes about 6 cups of granola, or 12 servings @ 1/2 cup per serving. If you serve the granola with yogurt, you will only need 1/4 cup of granola per serving.

(1) Add oats, pistachios, coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, and salt to a mixing bowl. (2) Stir until evenly mixed. (3) Heat brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil until sugar has melted. (4) Fold in the liquid into the oats mixture, make sure to coat the dry ingredients evenly.

(1) Add oats, pistachios, coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, and salt to a mixing bowl. (2) Stir until evenly mixed. (3) Heat brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil until sugar has melted. (4) Fold in the liquid into the oats mixture, make sure to coat the dry ingredients evenly.

Can I substitute some of the ingredients for the granola?

Don’t worry if you can’t find everything on the list above. I have also experimented with some great substitutions like these:

  • Instead of pistachios, use whole cashew nuts, roughly chopped walnuts, whole pecans, or sliced almonds.

  • Instead of unsweetened coconut chips/flakes, use unsweetened shredded coconut.

  • Instead of pumpkin seeds, use sunflower seeds.

  • Instead of Diamond Crystal kosher salt, use Morton kosher salt, or even table salt.
    TIPS: 1 tbsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt = 1/2 tbsp Morton kosher salt = 1 tsp table salt.

  • Instead of light brown sugar, use coconut/palm sugar.
    TIPS: If you prefer your granola less sweet, half or omit the sugar.

  • Instead of extra virgin olive oil, use coconut oil.

  • Instead of dried sour cherries, use dried cranberries, raisins, or dried strawberries.

(Top) Spread the granola on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (Bottom) Bake in the oven until dry and golden brown.

(Top) Spread the granola on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (Bottom) Bake in the oven until dry and golden brown.

How to make the granola

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 Fahrenheit (150 Celsius). Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Stir oats, pistachios, coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a saucepan, stir brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil over low heat until the sugar has just dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  4. Slowly pour the hot liquid into the oats mixture. Fold with a spatula, making sure to coat the dry ingredients evenly.
  5. Spread the granola on the parchment-lined half-sheet pan to an even layer.
  6. Bake the granola for 35-40 minutes until dry and lightly golden brown. Stir a few times along the way. (I usually stir at 15 minutes and 30 minutes.)
  7. Remove the granola from the oven, mix in dried sour cherries, and set aside to cool to room temperature before storing.
Cool pistachios and cherries granola to room temperature before storing.

Cool pistachios and cherries granola to room temperature before storing.

Storing the granola

Please wait until the granola has come to room temperature before storing it.

I find that this homemade granola can easily stay fresh for three weeks in an airtight container.

Storing granola in multiple airtight containers keeps the unopened ones fresh for longer.

You can store the granola without adding the dried cherries (or other dried fruits of your choosing) to keep the granola as crispy as possible. Add dried fruits only when you want to serve the granola.

Pistachios and Cherries Granola

5.0 from 5 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Total Time: 55 mins

Serves: 6 cups

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 Fahrenheit (150 Celsius). Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Stir oats, pistachios, coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a saucepan, stir brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil over low heat until the sugar has just dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  4. Slowly pour the hot liquid into the oats mixture. Fold with a spatula, making sure to coat the dry ingredients evenly.
  5. Spread the granola on the parchment-lined half-sheet pan to an even layer.
  6. Bake the granola for 35-40 minutes until dry and lightly golden brown. Stir a few times along the way. (I usually stir at 15 minutes and 30 minutes.)
  7. Remove the granola from the oven, mix in dried sour cherries, and set aside to cool to room temperature before storing.

Notes

  • (1) 1 tbsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt = 1/2 tbsp Morton kosher salt = 1 tsp regular table salt.
  • (2) Use 40 gram (1/4 cup) sugar for a less sweet version. You can even use no sugar if you want an even less sweet version.

Comments

  • Claudia Lamascolo Claudia Lamascolo says:

    Great flavors delicious and warning to your readers, this is addicting make a double batch!

  • Nathan Nathan says:

    This is a fantastic granola recipe, so many great components! I made mine without the coconut flakes and it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

  • veenaazmanov.com veenaazmanov.com says:

    Healthy, crunchy and perfect Breakfast combination. I love it.

  • Beth Beth says:

    This granola is so yummy! My kids gobbled up the first batch in a matter of hours. Now I have make more!

  • Nic Nic says:

    We absolutely loved the pistachios, pumpkin seeds and cherries together! Such a great granola, thank you!

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