My husband says, “Company is coming,” and the virtual To-Do List in my mind shifts into overdrive. It suddenly becomes one of those hilariously long CVS receipts that’s 7 miles long. Is the guest bed made? When did I last scoop the litter box? Any chance I hired a housekeeper and forgot? Turns out my brother-in-law will be spending the weekend. First up, breakfast meal planning. Luckily, with him, there’s only one possible answer: granola. He’s been in a granola rut for most of his adult life.
Next step? Pull out my favorite recipe and bake up some crunchy oatmeal goodness. Several years ago our friend Lace served us the best granola I’d ever had: a Williams-Sonoma recipe called Honey Granola. I’ve tweaked it a bit, made it vegan, and am quite happy with the result, especially the texture and caramel flavor of the cherries after they’re baked. It really takes no time at all to make a healthy breakfast that will make your guests feel at home.
Granola is definitely yummy, but it’s got a ton of calories. So, to make a little go a long way, I switch up the usual proportions of cereal to fruit. Instead of a big bowl of cereal topped with a handful of fruit, I start with a generous serving of fruit and sprinkle my 1/3 cup granola over the top.
This recipe is especially good with a crisp Braeburn or Honeycrisp apple, but berries or banana would be fabulous as well. Adding 1 cup chopped apple and ¼ cup of soymilk boosts the fiber content, and your most important meal of the day will cost you less than 300 calories. (Of course, if you’re not worried about calories you could be more generous with the amounts. Of course, if you’re not worried about calories, you must be 17 years old.)
Another benefit to portion control is that you can stretch your recipes further. Putting the time in to make granola on the weekend lets you enjoy a healthy breakfast all week long. Unless your brother-in-law gets to it first…
What tips and tricks do you have for being happy and contented with smaller portions?
Cherry Maple Granola
This granola has a roasted, caramelly flavor that goes with fruit, yogurt, or absolutely anything.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 35 mins
- Yield: 10 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- ¼ cup dried tart cherries
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds or roughly chopped pecans
- 4 tablespoons vegan butter
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- In a bowl, stir together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, coconut, cherries, and almonds.
- Combine vegan butter and maple syrup in a small saucepan; heat over low until melted. Pour over oat mixture and stir until well coated.
- Spread out on baking sheet. Total baking time is 25 minutes; I like to stir it about halfway through.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma’s Honey Granola. It makes about 3 1/2 cups total.
I like Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flakes since they’re large pieces that hold their own against the cherries and nuts in this recipe. And my choice for vegan butter is typically Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks.
- Serving Size: 1/3 cup
- Calories: 182
- Sugar: 13 g
- Sodium: 2 mg
- Fat: 8 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 25 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: granola, vegan granola, whole grain, breakfast, cereal
Kristine Duncan, Registered Dietitian
I’m a Registered Dietitian, the author of Veg Girl RD, and a vegetarian who loves to eat. I’m a nutrition nerd who teaches at the University of Washington and Skagit Valley College. I also write about nutrition professionally for magazines and books. If you want to know more, check out my About page.
6 thoughts on “Cherry Maple Granola”
Sharing this on our ‘Seriously Functional Art’ Facebook page today. In an attempt to get the word out that eating healthy CAN be delicious-ness too! Good job! 🙂
I love your granola — so…. I’m going to eat more of your granola and less of other stuff! Yum. Do you know about the Vegfest 2012, March 24 & 25, Seattle Center? Looks like a good event.
Looks yummy! I’ll have to try it the next time we run out of granola!
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