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Tart Cherry & Almond Protein Granola {vegan/gluten free}

  • Author: FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 5 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This recipe for Tart Cherry and Almond Protein Granola makes a big batch and would be a great gift to family, friends or coworkers! No need for a special occasion, just a way to brighten their day (and add a little nutritional goodness to their lifestyle).


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups slivered almonds
  • 1 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup almond meal (or ground flax seed)
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the wet ingredients (brown rice syrup, coconut oil and almond extract) to a small saucepan and heat on low until everything is melted and can be evenly stirred together.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray. Spread the granola mixture in an even layer on the parchment paper, spreading it out as much as possible.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through (being careful not to burn the granola!). When the granola starts to turn a golden brown, take it out of the oven to cool.
  7. Wait until completely cooled to remove from baking sheet and break up into smaller pieces. Place in a container with a tight fitting lid and store on the counter for up to a week!

Notes

When the granola is in the oven, the brown rice syrup will bubble. That’s okay! It’s what makes it crispy when cooled.

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