Chocolate Cherry Chia Nut-Free Granola [Recipe Redux]

by Sarah on April 21, 2014 · 4 comments

As soon as I saw the theme for this month’s Recipe Redux,  I knew I had only two choices:reciperedux_cookware

Break out the ‘oatmeal pot’ that I stole inherited from Mama Smart and make some sort of epic oat breakfast…IMG_6287 (1024x577)

…or pull Mama Smart’s thrift store ‘granola pan’ from its hidden location in the cupboard–because it could never be accidentally used to bake anything else–and turn that idea of oatmeal into a batch of something snackworthy.IMG_7129 (1024x683)

I’ve blogged about this pan before (and no, I’m not going to look through the four years of posts to find the moments), but I am thoroughly convinced that no granola is ever as good as that baked in this pan.IMG_7075 (1024x683)

And although Mama Smart’s granola was fairly traditional (and featured my favorite ‘yes I will pick them all out’ chopped date pieces)…IMG_7087 (1024x682)

…the one I made for this month’s Recipe Redux features a rather surprising ingredient.IMG_7089 (1024x683)

In addition to cocoa krispies, pebbles, or the fancy schmancy all-natural version I used, there are crunchy chia seeds stirred into the mix.IMG_7104 (1024x683)

This granola is sweetened (mainly) with cherry-based preserves melted a bit in the microwave with some coconut oil–IMG_7110 (1024x683)

–but after stirring and baking and stirring some more–IMG_7117 (1024x683)

–dried cherries are added for a little pop of tartness.IMG_7137 (1024x682)

Melting dark chocolate chips into the whole mess takes it from good, to addictive.IMG_7156 (1024x681)

It’s good on oatmeal…IMG_7245 (1024x683)

…and stirred into a smoothie.IMG_7309 (1024x683)

But, just a warning:IMG_7172 (1024x683)

Make sure you check your teeth before you leave the house, or everyone you encounter will see the chia seed sign of spooning the stuff into your mouth for snack time.IMG_7210 (1024x683)

Chocolate Cherry Chia Nut-Free Granola

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups cocoa rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp. cherry preserves
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 6 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, cocoa cereal, chia seeds, sugar, and spices.
  3. Melt together cherry preserves, vanilla extract, and coconut oil in the microwave. (Cook about 30 seconds and stir well.)
  4. Pour cherry coconut oil over dry ingredients and stir very well to combine.
  5. Spread granola into a metal baking pan.
  6. Bake 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  7. Remove pan from oven and stir in dried cherries.
  8. Bake 5-10 more minutes.
  9. Remove pan from oven and stir in chocolate chips, just until starting to melt.
  10. Allow granola to cool in the pan completely before storing.


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alla @eatsimply April 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

You are right, a good granola pan is key to making a nice batch of granola. It looks like a plain aluminum pan right? After years of fighting with my non stick pans and batches of half burnt granola, I finally switched to an old school aluminum one a coworker gave me and it was the best decision! This recipe looks great.

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ayla @eatsimply April 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

My phone auto corrected my name and I didn’t even notice! Haha oops.

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Farrah April 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Augh, this looks amazing! I’ve never made granola before but have been meaning to, so I’ll probably be attempting this once I get my hands on some dried cherries. :]!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I love granola so I really enjoy seeing how other people make it. I also still need to make and send you a batch of my Lemon Blueberry Granola.

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