Pumpkin Cherry Granola

A few weeks ago I participated in Rebecca’s bake sale to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. I donated 2 jars of customizable granola for the sale.

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The 1st & 2nd highest bids won the granola. I am a coconut lover but I understand not everyone is fond of coconut like me. So I sent the lovely ladies who won the granola their options:

- Oil:  I can make it like the original recipe with coconut oil OR I can use canola oil if you are not a fan of coconut.

- Sweetener: Let me know if you like sweet granola or semi-sweet. I can put additional amount of agave or maple syrup on your granola.

- Nuts Add-ins:  I used walnuts and slivered almonds on the original recipe. I have other nuts that you can substitute. Pick 2 (walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame coated cashews)

- Dried Fruits:  I used unsweetened coconut flakes on the original recipe. But you can also substitute coconuts if you don’t like them. Pick from (raisins or dried apricots or dried dark cherries or dried blueberries).

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Emily replied wanting the original recipe as it is and Dara sent me with the following requests:

Oil: Coconut Oil (never tried it, but it sounds good)
Sweetener: I like sweet-very sweet granola! Agave sounds good. :)
Nuts: Slivered almonds & Pumpkin Seeds
Dried Fruits: Raisins & dried dark cherries sounds really good!

Pumpkin Cherry Granola

(adapted from the original recipe)

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup slice almonds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried sweet cherries
  • 1/2 cup agave (you can also use honey or brown sugar)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

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Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Put agave and coconut oil on very low heat until thin. Stir in almonds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, dried cherries and vanilla. Mix until they are coated well. Add oats to the mixture and mix well.

Transfer the mixture on a greased non-stick cookie sheet. Spread them evenly. Bake for 10 minutes and then stir mixture. Bake for another 10 minutes or so. Watch it carefully. The mixture will turn brown quickly.

Remove from the oven and let granola cool completely on the sheet before storing it in a tight sealed container.

Right out of the oven.

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I love using cherries when baking chocolate chip cookies, now I know it’s great with granola too.

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A thank you note from me and off the granolas go!!

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One happy baker and more importantly, happy customers :)

Hi Lea!

I received the granola last night! :)  I opened it up to take a sniff (since I had already had dinner and shouldn’t eat anymore) and it smelled so good, I dove right in! Had to stop myself from eating it all.

I Love granola. :)  It is sweet but not to sugary (that’s a good thing!) and the raisins and cherries are such a good contrast to the almonds and pumpkin seeds. I can taste the coconut oil without it being overpowering.

I brought both bags to work to share and I’ll be passing on some samples and your blog links to fellow bloggers over here! Thanks again for putting you granola into the sale, and I am a very happy customer. :) !

-Dara

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If someone offered to bake you granola, what ingredients would you request in your granola mix?

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Comments

  1. Mmm… this looks SO good.

    bless you for participating! <3 I would have LOVED to bake something – I never find out about these things early enough! I enjoyed some FABULOUS goodies on the bidding end, though! :D

  2. What a win! Those ladies are lucky. I am a huge homemade granola fan. I like mine with coconut (yes I am a fanatic as well), honey, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, sometimes walnuts and flax. Deliciousness

  3. ooh this granola sounds so tasty! what lucky ladies! i think i’d want dried apricots and (unsweetened) dried cranberries, maybe some almonds or walnuts, and some vanilla-esque or cinnamon overtones.

    • Angela, Welcome! thanks for stopping by my blog :)

      I like your granola combo, I think I’ve had apricots and cranberries in a snack bar before and it was good. I love the aroma of the house when I bake with vanilla.

  4. Rock on wit yo bad self girl! That’s a GREAT compliment :) And it looks beyond delish!

    Hmm, I think I’d want almond slivers, raisins/craisins, and some sort of cinn punch!

    • Thanks Shanna…I was so proud that I rocked it!

      What? no chocolate in your granola or peanut butter? Who are you and what did you do to my friend Shanna? lol

  5. I love granola but can’t eat nuts so I would love to find a nut-free granola with just a hint of sugar. Easier said than done, right? I love your cute little note cards…

    PS – I did take Maya to the Dora show at the Nokia. And your niece is absolutely right, the girl playing Dora looked nothing like the cartoon. That was the first thing I said to my husband!

  6. VERY! Happy customer :)
    Thanks again!
    -Dara

  7. Wow! That looks so good!! Def worth making!!! Looks sooo good!

  8. Wow those look so good! I’ve only tried making my own granola once, and I’ve never tried using coconut oil! I think it would be amazing :)

  9. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    I love it just the way it is that’s a great combo. Yumm I even have the ingredients. Woo Hoo.

    Thanks for the recipe you rock. :P

  10. Uhm, yeah, your granola looks amazing! I think the coconut oil would add a special touch, haha ;)

  11. wow they look freaking good!!

  12. Food Loving Polar Bear says:

    I would be SO happy if someone offered to bake me granola :D I’d be happy with cherries!

    • I’m loving your new avatar picture, love the bangs! I usually wear bangs in the Fall and I’m due for the cut soon.

      This is the first time I had cherries in granola, definitely will be using cherries in my baking soon.

  13. What, what, WHAT?!? Did you concoct yet another yummy coconuty granola? With pumpkin? I think I’ll try this one next, however, the last batch I made was quite similar as I added pumpkin seeds :)

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