Toasted Coconut Almond Granola with Cherries

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I make granola all year round since my husband likes to eat it with yogurt and fruit for lunch. In the fall and winter I make it hearty and earthy with lots of nuts and seeds, wheat germ and spices. This one is a light and summery: just the crunchy oats, coconut and almonds.  Cherries pair well with the almond and coconut flavors, so I added dried tart cherries to the granola after it baked, and topped a yogurt granola parfait with fresh fruit.

Toasted Coconut Almond Granola with Cherries
oven to 350
3 cups old fashioned oats

  • Put the oats in a large mixing bowl.

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp almond extract

  • Heat the coconut oil in a glass measuring cup briefly in the microwave just to melt, it will only take a few seconds.  Stir in the honey and almond extract.
  • Drizzle onto the oats, stirring and turning the oats constantly to evenly coat them.

1/2 cup shredded coconut, preferably unsweetened
1 cup sliced almonds

  • Stir in the coconut and the almonds.  Spread on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning.

1 cup dried tart cherries

  • After the granola comes out of the oven, stir in the cherries, and allow it to cool on the pan.
  • Transfer to an airtight jar.

Today I made another great inexpensive kitchen gadget discovery…the cherry pitter.  I bought this a while back but this was my first time using it.  It’s amazing, the pits just popped right out with one squeeze, and the most amazing thing is that the cherries are left intact. This is perfect for those cherry desserts where you want the look of whole cherries.   I linked to the exact one I got, because it works so well.  (I’m definitely NOT being bribed to say this!)

There are a whole bunch of cherry dishes I’ve been meaning to make, so I’m happy to make this discovery early in the season.  Do this inside a bowl, though, my first few pits flew clear into the dining room!

Top some Greek yogurt with the granola and a handful of fresh cherries for breakfast.

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    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
    June 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Sue, I am very excited to see the cherry pitter and the tortilla press in the small pies post you did earlier! I know i am going to enjoying using them. thanks so much for this fun give away — I am excited to be your winner! :0)

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    Melody ??
    June 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Love cooking with coconut oil! Great ingredient combo for granola!

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    June 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I follow. Great giveaway!

    shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com

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    June 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    love granola and love cherries – yummmmmmy.

    just became a follower.

    fruitcrmble AT comcast DOT net

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    June 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

    What a great give away.I’m off to like you on facebook. The granola looks delicious as well. I liked that you used coconut oil.

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    June 19, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I have made granolas before but not with coconut; this version looks so appealing, and the presentation is irresistible

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    June 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I liked you on Facebook!

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    June 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Oh Sue I go out of town a few days and look what you did! This is beautiful. I am now a follower and can’t believe I wasn’t already 🙂 Be sure to stop by and enter my giveaway sometime this week 🙂

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    Louise @ cosmetic bee
    June 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    The granola looks delicious and easy – thanks for the recipe!! Also thank you for the giveaway, I’m throwing my name in the hat. I am already a follower!
    stylishchemist at gmail dot com

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    meredith m
    June 18, 2012 at 1:06 am

    i like you on fb too
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    meredith m
    June 18, 2012 at 1:05 am

    nice giveaway! im a new gfc follower (memoma)

    your recipe looks great – now i want some cherries
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    Rachel @ The Henway
    June 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I’d love to have either of those tools! And I’m in the middle of trying to find a good granola recipe so this is great!

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    Jacquelyn Grandy
    June 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Sue! I am already a follower but did not know you had a Facebook account so I will link up there as well. I already have a cherry pitter but do not have a tortilla press. I saw your recent post on homemade tortillas and I was going to go out and purchase one (but will wait to see if I win the giveaway first). We make so many tacos and quesadillas that I would love to make homemade tortillas to serve them up on. I think my kids would enjoy making them with me as well.

    Have a great weekend! Were flying to PA tomorrow!


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    June 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    BTW, my sister always makes a cherry clafouti that is to die for.

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    June 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    What a great giveaway, Sue! Thank you!

    Of course I am a follower!

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    June 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

    i really should make my own granola…

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    June 17, 2012 at 6:52 am

    In my Google reader RSS feed and like you on Facebook. 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe and the jams!

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    Lea Ann
    June 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I’m a follower AND a Facebook Fan. 🙂 I have always wondered if those cherry pitters “really” worked. I’d love to win this give away. I’ve been “dying” for a tortilla press and would love this pitter.

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    thyme (Sarah)
    June 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

    O.K., the cherry pitter looks really cool. That must make using cherries a lot tidier. I always make a mess. The granola looks so delicious. This is my daughters idea of a perfect dessert…when we go on vacation…this is her decadent breakfast choice!!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    June 17, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Have been an avid follower for ages. Looking forward to your cherry pie recipes.

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    Ellen B Cookery
    June 17, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Very nice granola! It looks absolutely delicious!

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    Angie's Recipes
    June 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    wow I am always a fan of homemade granola, but this looks especially tempting with toasted coconut.

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    Vicki F
    June 17, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I’m looking forward to “pie cherry” season here in Oregon and could certainly use the pitter! I’ve followed you on my Google Home Page even though I also get your emailed blog notice. Always enjoy your posts!

    [email protected]

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    amy beth marantino
    June 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    i liked you in facebook

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    amy beth marantino
    June 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    i follow you via RSS in google reader

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I love cherries. Gorgeous recipe and great giveaway!

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    June 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Your granola looks amazing with those juicy cherries!

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    June 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    You are totally going to laugh at me tomorrow. I’m right with you on the cherry pitter line of thought. This granola looks awesome. I’ve made granola several times, but I am loving the simplicity of this version. I’m going to try it soon. Thanks, Sue!

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    June 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    That is absolutely gorgeous, Sue. I’ve been staring at that first photo for like 10 minutes! I’ve had my cherry pitter for about 15 years now…and I don’t know what I’d do without it! Since cherry pies and cherry tarts and pretty much anything cherry is my favorite… Don’t enter me for the giveaway since I have both a pitter and a press, but fabulous goods for the winner! =)

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    June 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    you’re in my google reader for good. 🙂

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      Sue/the view from great island
      June 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      I’m in yours, too Grace—don’t know what I’d do without all your gorgeous cupcakes to cheer me up every day 😉

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    June 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    i already was and will continue to be a facebook fan!

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    June 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I’m so this for this tortilla press! I just showed your press to hubs, we make them very Friday and Saturday night and they are a mess! Already following.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      June 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      You make your own tortillas? And you are always claiming that you aren’t a cook! You’ll like the press, it’s completely mess-free.

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    June 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I was just thinking how I need to get a cherry pitter! We have cherry trees out back and I am just about dying waiting for the fruits to come. Maybe I’ll have to add some in a granola like this.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      June 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Amy if you have cherry trees you have to get one of these. Actually you probably need the bulk-pitter I read about, not sure how that one works, but it sounds pretty intense. I’m so jealous of your trees.

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    Linda A. Thompson Ditch
    June 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Sue, I love the idea of a lighter verson of granola for summer. I’ve never made it before, but now I’m inspired to give it a try. Those cherries look amazing…can’t wait until they come into season here!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      June 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Linda you can’t believe the difference this pitter makes, I remember last spring I bought a bunch of cherries and tried to pit them with a knife…let’s just say the result was a gory mess, it wasn’t pretty!