Chocolate Cherry Paleo Granola

This straightforward Chocolate Cherry Paleo Granola makes for a crowd-pleasing do-it-yourself vacation reward! Warning: it’s exhausting to chorus from munching on this fabulously crunchy, nutty, and maple-syrup sweetened gluten-free deal with, so package deal it up and provides it away earlier than you eat all of it your self!

My household loves this granola and I’ve been gifting it to all my pals—paleo or not—and getting rave critiques! I really like giving and receiving DIY edible vacation presents, and fortunately, this paleo granola is tremendous easy to make and customizable to thrill even your pickiest buddies.

What components are on this paleo granola?

Nuts/Seeds

As a result of we’re making a grain-free paleo granola, the bottom shall be a mixture of nuts and seeds as a substitute of oats. I really like utilizing almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, cashews, walnuts, and pepitas, however you may change up the mixture of nuts and seeds on this granola to your liking.

Please remember the fact that the baking time could change for those who use a mixture that browns quicker or slower within the oven—simply control the granola over the past 10 minutes of cooking and use your nostril as a information.

Maple Syrup

This granola tastes greatest sweetened with grade A amber coloration, wealthy style maple syrup (previously often called grade B maple syrup), however for those who’re not a fan, you may undoubtedly substitute an equal quantity of honey.

Questioning if you can also make this recipe keto? Sadly, I haven’t tried this recipe with a keto-friendly sweetener. Should you do use an alternate sweetener and it seems nice, please let me know within the feedback so different readers can profit. (On the lookout for a mildly candy paleo granola recipe that makes use of solely fruit because the sweetener? Try my Tropical Paleo Granola recipe!)

Refined Coconut Oil

I exploit refined coconut oil on this recipe as a result of it doesn’t have a pronounced coconut-y style. Nonetheless, I additionally embrace 2 cups of coconut flakes on this recipe, so I clearly just like the style of coconut. Should you don’t wish to use coconut oil, use melted ghee or avocado oil as a substitute.

Floor Cardamom

The key ingredient on this paleo granola is a sprinkle of aromatic floor cardamom, which lends an unique aroma to the granola. (You may need a jar leftover for those who just lately made my Carrot Cardamom Soup!) Should you don’t have any floor cardamom, be at liberty to substitute floor cinnamon and just a little floor nutmeg rather than it.

Darkish Chocolate

The perfect darkish chocolate to make use of on this recipe is whichever one you prefer to nibble on as a snack. Me? I chop up my favourite 80% cacao or larger chocolate bar to make use of on this paleo granola as a result of I don’t usually snack on chocolate any sweeter than that. However be at liberty to substitute what you and your buddies like!

Dried Cherries

Dried cherries are the proper tangy counterpoint to the nutty granola and darkish chocolate. I purchase dried cherries which are unsweetened (e.g. dried Bing cherries from the farmers market) or dried cherries sweetened solely with fruit juice. Dried apricots or cranberries are an excellent substitute for those who can’t discover dried cherries.

Ideas for making one of the best paleo granola

  • Use contemporary nuts and seeds—you don’t wish to reward a batch of stale-tasting granola!
  • Stir the granola and rotate the tray on the midway baking level to make sure that the nuts and seeds cook dinner evenly.
  • Take the granola out of the oven when the nuts and seeds are golden brown and every little thing smells toasty and maple-y. Should you odor something burning, you waited too lengthy!
  • Cool the granola utterly earlier than including the chocolate and dried fruit. It’ll crisp up as soon as cooled and type good clusters. Everybody loves clusters of granola—it’s scientifically confirmed!

How you can retailer the granola

This lip-smacking granola verges on being a meals with out brakes for me—as soon as I begin munching, it’s exhausting to cease. That’s why I usually make this recipe solely in the course of the holidays to disclose to pals or household. This granola retains for at the very least two weeks in a sealed container at room temperature. My favourite jars for gifting are these cute ones from Weck, however pint-sized mason jars work effectively, too.

Time to make Chocolate Cherry Paleo Granola!

Makes about 9 cups or 18 (½ cup) servings

Elements:

  • ½ cup maple syrup, grade A amber coloration, wealthy style
  • ¼ cup melted refined coconut oil
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon floor cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 2 cups uncooked almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups uncooked unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup uncooked walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked cashews, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup uncooked pepitas
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup darkish chocolate chunks, or your favourite lower up darkish chocolate bar

Gear:

  • All of my advisable kitchen gear may be discovered right here.

Directions:

Earlier than you get your arms soiled, preheat the oven to 300°F with the rack within the center. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a big bowl, whisk collectively the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, cardamom, and salt.

Stir within the nuts and seeds, and coat every little thing evenly with the moist components.

Don’t combine too vigorously or the coconut flakes will crumble.

Switch the paleo granola to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Use a silicone spatula to unfold the granola evenly on the baking sheet.

Pop the tray within the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or till golden brown.

To make sure even browning, stir the granola and rotate the tray on the midway level.

Take the tray out of the oven and funky utterly, about an hour. Break the granola up into chunks…

…and blend within the dried cherries and chocolate.

Pack your do-it-yourself paleo granola into sealed containers in your buddies, and it’ll final for a few weeks!

Want extra concepts for DIY edible presents? Try this roundup of my favourite paleo-friendly do-it-yourself vacation presents!


On the lookout for extra recipe concepts? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll additionally discover unique recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Meals for People (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Prepared or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!


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Chocolate Cherry Paleo Granola

This fabulous chocolate cherry paleo granola makes a simple and crowd-pleasing DIY do-it-yourself vacation edible reward! Warning: it’s exhausting to cease munching on this crunchy, nutty, and maple-syrup sweetened gluten-free deal with so package deal it up and distribute to all of your buddies!

Prep Time15 minutes

Cook dinner Time35 minutes

Cooling time1 hr

Whole Time1 hr 50 minutes

Course: Dessert

Delicacies: American

Key phrase: gluten-free, grain-free, nomnompaleo, paleo, paleo granola, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 18 servings

Energy: 337kcal

Elements

  • ½ cup maple syrup grade A amber coloration, wealthy style
  • ¼ cup melted refined coconut oil
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon floor cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • 2 cups uncooked almonds roughly chopped
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup uncooked walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked cashews roughly chopped
  • ½ cup uncooked pepitas
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup darkish chocolate chunks or your favourite lower up darkish chocolate bar

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F with the rack within the center. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a big bowl, whisk collectively the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, cardamom, and salt.

  • Stir within the nuts and seeds and coat every little thing evenly with the moist components. Don’t combine too vigorously or the coconut flakes will crumble.

  • Switch the paleo granola to a parchment-lined baking sheet and use a silicone spatula to unfold the granola evenly.

  • Pop the tray within the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or till golden brown. To make sure even browning, stir the granola and rotate the tray on the midway level.

  • Take the tray out of the oven and funky utterly, about an hour. Break it up into chunks and blend within the dried cherries and chocolate.

  • Pack your do-it-yourself paleo granola into sealed containers in your buddies, and it’ll final for a few weeks!

Notes

A serving dimension is ~ 1/2 cup.

Vitamin

Energy: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fats: 27g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g

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Chocolate Cherry Paleo Granola

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