Thursday, January 12, 2012

cherry pecan maple granola

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being vegan has its challenges
not for me, but for other people -
people i don't know

breakfast, the most important part of the day they say
seems to be the biggest challenge when going away

breakfast chef's don't know what to do with a vegan
i think we confuse them - what no eggs, no butter, no yogurt!
so they throw you together a fruit salad

raise your hand if you are a vegan and for every vegan dessert or breakfast at a non vegan friendly restaurant they serve you a fruit cup
yeah- i thought so, you all raised your hands didn't you

so instead of setting myself up for disappointment - i have learned to bring my own

we spent the weekend in burlington vermont celebrating Justin's 31st
this granola was a perfect tag along - easy, portable & delicious
throw in a single serve take with you anywhere soy milk and i was in business


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i love granola in the winter months
this granola combination is one of may favorites
chock full of healthy goodness
all the way around, granola is an all star breakfast player

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new englanders pretty much put maple syrup in everything - including this granola
orange juice and veggie oil are added for moisture
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toss all your ingredients in a large bowl
you gotta love the one bowl recipes
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stir in your maple syrup, oil & oj
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spread on a rimmed cookie sheet or jelly roll pan - really any pan will work
slowly baked in a 300* oven for 40 minutes
stir around about half way through baking
once done, remove from the oven - using the back of a spatula press down on the granola
this will help your granola "clump" together




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a simple, healthy breakfast




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Cherry Pecan Maple Granola

you will need:
  • 2 cups multi grain oats or regular oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
assembly:
  • preheat oven to 300*
  • in a large bowl mix together dry ingredients
  • add wet ingredients to dry and mix well until all dry ingredients are well coated
  • spread on a large rimmed baking sheet (you can use 2 medium, just make sure to rotate 1/2 way through baking)
  • bake in oven for 40 minutes - stirring after 30 minutes
  • remove from oven - with the back of a spatula firmly press down on the mixture (this creates the larger pieces of granola)
  • cool and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks
enjoy!

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16 comments:

  1. It seems like I'm always bookmarking new granola recipes, but this one sounds really good too! I've never thought of adding orange juice to a granola before...and I love your combination of dried cherries with coconut flakes, pecans and pumpkin seeds!

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  2. Mmmm, this looks delicious! I love making my own granola - it is way better than store bought and you can control all the ingredients! Yours looks great - I'm curious about the orange juice addition, I've never tried that before.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by!

    The orange juice adds another layer of subtle flavor, but truly the cinnamon is the star player in this recipe - I eat this granola by the handfuls! I agree Heidi - homemade granola is way better than store bought :-)

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  4. i love the way this granola looks! cherries and pecans go really well together ;) i also love that the only added sugar is from the maple syrup and orange juice!

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  5. oooo! Yum! This looks awesome. I adore anything with coconut. Homemade granola is always the best. Looking forward to trying this recipe out! :)

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  6. One, i love your blog name.
    Two, I love your photographs.
    Three, definitely a perfect vegan breakfast, this one.

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  7. Garsh, do I just love your photos!!!! <--that's all I can say because I am mesmerized :)

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  8. OJ in granola? Gotta try this.
    Oh, and I LOVE your photos!!

    http://daily-iphoneography.posterous.com

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  9. Gorgeous photos and this looks amazing. I'm goign to try it this weekend with gf oats!

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  10. I definitely don't see vegan (and creative vegan) desserts often, which is unfortunate and sad, especially since I feel like you can almost get more creative with them. Love your photos and recipe! This looks delicious.

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  11. Thank you for all the *love*!

    @ Caitlin - I love cherries and pecans together- a classic combo!

    @ Courtney- thanks for checking SMBP out, I hope you love the granola as much as I do :-)

    @ Jesica- you are too sweet; and I can say ALL the same things about your Blog!

    @ Cara - Okay, I am know blushing

    @ Kathy - you are so talented & young; good for you!

    @ Heather - thank you! Love your Blog Design!

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  12. I need to get some dried cherries -- i have so much I want to do with them! including this recipe!!!!!

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    1. Thanks for becoming a follower Jenn - love your blog , SUPER cute name, adorable :-)

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  13. http://www.archcook.com/2011/11/una-nuova-sfida-contest-cottura-al.html

    contest!!! sei invitata!!!

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  14. MMmmmmm, I want granola (what, what, WHAT) - You see, I really detest oats and all but you make it look and sound delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. LOL thanks Choc Chip Uru - with all that nutella around you I bet you could make a pretty awesome nutella granola!

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