Cherry Almond Chia Granola

I am still smitten…

with dried cherries.

I just can’t help it.

They are perfectly tart and sweet at the same time. Never tough and dried out like crinkly raisins. Plump and chewy and delicious in just about everything.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to come up with a recipe for Bob’s Red Mill using their Chia seeds (first: dream come true – developing a recipe for one of my favorite companies?!? pinch me!).

I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Since I’ve been elbow deep in grain recipes the past few months, I decided to do a different spin on a recipe that will be in my book.

I’ll be honest.

Chia seeds weirded me out a little bit the first time I used them. They turn into chia seed jelly if they get wet. That’s not exactly normal. But, they are awesome to use to thicken up recipes, add some texture to oatmeal, and make your smoothies a little more luscious.

The best part about chia seeds is that you can add them to just about anything, just like my dried cherries.

And bonus! Chia seeds are super healthy. They’re full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein.

When you toss them into your favorite granola recipe, they add a little crunch, some extra texture, and a punch of healthy benefits to your morning bowl or afternoon snack.

Want more chia seed recipes? Bob’s Red Mill is celebrating chia seeds all month long on their blog – they’ve got some great recipes and posts lined up, including my recipe for this granola!

Cherry Almond Chia Granola

Makes: About 4.5 cups granola

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • ½ cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup neutral oil (safflower, coconut, or canola work well)
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Place the oats, buckwheat groats, quinoa, chia seeds, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl
  3. and toss together.
  4. Pour the vanilla, maple syrup, and oil over the granola mixture and stir to combine, making sure
  5. that the oil and maple syrup has coated everything.
  6. Spread the granola onto a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and bake at 225 for 60-90 minutes
  7. until the granola is toasted and crunchy.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  9. Break apart and toss together with the dried cherries before serving.

21 comments

  1. Brandi, this granola looks so so good!

  2. I am totally with you on the raisin hate, but cherries are a whole different story! So tart and chewy!

  3. Sprinkle some of this on top of a bowl of oats or yogurt and it would be a tasty bfast! I really need to buy my first bag of chia seeds…

  4. Yummy! Love chia seeds, but I usually mix them with milk and make a kind of pudding out of them. The idea of mixing them in granola sounds awesome, I’m going to try that!

  5. I cannot wait for you book!!! That’s awesome!!!

  6. Wow, you published your own book! Congrats!

  7. You know I am making this! Still eating your raisinet granola at least once a week (I’ve been making just the oat/spice/syrup part for breakfast). Congrats on your book, wow!

  8. this sounds amazing, totally going on my to-try list :)

  9. CONGRATS ON YOUR BOOK!!! :)

    I am a huge whole grains addict, so I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! :)

  10. This granola looks amazing Brandi! Congrats on your book – that’s so awesome. :)

  11. This might trump my favorite quinoa granola. I can’t wait to try! This weekend…for sure. :)

  12. Brandi – I am just catching up on your posts now, and I don’t know what the hell happened…but how did I miss that you HAVE A RECIPE BOOK?!? Seriously, I don’t know whether this is reflective of my poor blog reading skills as of late, but that is AMAZING! I am so proud of you and so happy for you and your recipes just keep looking better and BETTER!

    Much love,
    Holly

  13. P.S. Sprouted grains 4 life.

  14. P.S. Your photos are looking INCREDIBLE!

  15. Fahrenheit or Celsius?!

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