• 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup slivered raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cherries

Ever since Ive been hooked on my Chobani Yogurt Parfaits Ive been really interested in making my own granola. It just seems like the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can put in it! I found a recipe from Joy the Baker that seemed like a good base for my granola and with a little tweaking it turned out delicious.

Place the oven racks in the upper third and middle of your oven and preheat to 325. Line 1-2 baking pans with parchment paper.

Stir together the oats, coconut, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, oil, honey and brown sugar. Allow this to come to a slow boil and whisk the ingredients together so that they combine and the sugar melts. Add the vanilla extract and then pour the mixture over your oats. Stir the oats so that they are well coated and then spread the mixture evenly over the two pans.

Place the baking sheets in the oven for about 20 minutes, stirring the oats twice during the baking process. If you let them sit too long they will burn. Your house is probably going to start smelling amazing! Remove the oats after 20 minutes and allow to cool. Place them in an airtight container and mix with the dried cherries. This should keep for about 2 weeks.

There are a lot of variations that you can incorporate into this granola. I thought maybe some dark chocolate chunks would make this a great snack. Or you can replace the cherries with any other dried fruit that you prefer. Let me know what think!