I’m about the farthest you can get from vegan. My love and adoration for bacon will never allow me to make this leap. But you know what? This Cherry-Almond Vegan Granola is incredibly edible. It’s a great snack to have on hand, and you don’t have to feel too guilty about enjoying a handful now and then.
Instead of the melted butter and sugar combination found in most granola recipes, this version uses apple juice and molasses. The apple juice adds a great unexpected flavor and aroma to the granola.
cherry-almond vegan granola
- cooking spray
- 3 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking)
- 2/3 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup whole raw almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray sheet pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, almonds, nutmeg and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix apple juice, molasses and vanilla extract. Pour the apple juice mixture into the oat and almond mixture. Stir to coat all ingredients well. Spread mixture evenly onto sheet pan.
Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool at least 20 minutes. Stir in dried cherries. Store in an airtight container.
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