Whole Grain Granola With Dried Cherries and Cacao Nibs
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1/2 cup uncooked amaranth
1/2 cup sliced almonds or pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon honey (or more syrup to make vegan)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 cup apple juice or cider
1/2 cup dried cherries
- Preheat oven to 290º F (143º C). Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats through cacao nibs) and mix well. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, honey, vanilla, almond butter, and apple juice. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Spread granola onto two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes, stir, then bake for another 15-20 minutes or until it has begun to brown. Let cool then add the dried cherries. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.