cherry granola makes the perfect breakfast hot summer morning to cool off with a delicious and nutritious snack for on the go!
cherry season in Michigan sneaked into us this year!
Usually around the July 4th holiday or shortly after our area, the mildest winter and, according to the cherry farmer, heavy spring rains less without frost damage generosity brought a huge summer for about a week earlier this year.
could not be happier for our local farmers who are enjoying a very good harvest this year, and what really makes you happy my heart to support our farming families around here. Last year, my younger son was being just along for the ride in my career again, but this year was zero hesitation climb those stairs cherry to fill your bucket!
Of course, my big girls now seasoned cherry pickers, enjoyed every minute too!
It was a good season as the cherry this year, so I brought home a good haul to preserve.
Sixty pounds is more than usually pick up, although definitely go to good use for the year. I froze over half of it to use in green smoothies soaked oats and fruit on the bottom yogurt packed for school . We have my biggest container filled to the brim eating fresh for next week, and made some treats like popsicles Cherry (literally to the mixture until cherries frozen in my favorite mold -10 pop !), and tart cherries.
wanted dehydrate to keep some of it though because 60 pounds is a lot of cherries to use up!
decided to see how fresh cherries would dry with some granola, and I’m completely in love with not only how the color was (!!) , It’s so delicious. sweet and crunchy dried cherries, nut clusters make the perfect breakfast in the morning with a little damp cold of raw milk.
Some ideas for your delicious granola!
- In a bowl like cereal with a splash of raw milk or coconut milk and a boiled egg
- Used as a yogurt or coconut milk yogurt Topper
- also dried fruit mix
- granola clusters of dry packaged as a quick impact on the appetizer to go
this proved to be a great way for me to preserve all those cherries I plan on making another batch of changing the types of nuts this time for variety.
Print Nourishing cherry Granola Author: Renee – www .raisinggenerationnourished.com ingredients
- 4 cups of oatmeal (if free use of grains a combination of any nuts or raw seeds cut into small pieces they want to do 4 cups)
- nuts 2 raw cups finely chopped (I will let go up in the food processor)
- pecans 2 raw cups finely chopped (I let them into the processor food) sea salt
- 1 TB soaker
- juice of 1 lemon to soak (do not include this field if you are not using oats
- 2 cups coconut grated
- 2 cups coconut flour
- 1 melted cup coconut oil
- 2TB almond extract (vanilla extract also work)
- ½ cup raw honey (pure maple syrup would also work)
- 6 fresh cups cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped (I made a quick few pulses in the food processor. If you do not have access to fresh cherries can be used about 2 cups or less of cherries dry – it just will not be so mixed with the juices in the granola)
- Place the oats, walnuts, pecans, sea salt and lemon juice in a large mixing and filling bowl with water to cover. Set the mixture over the counter soak 8-10 hours. This soaking process breaks down phytic acid in the grain and nuts making them easier in the intestine for digestion and make more nutrients available to absorb. If you are omitting oats, just replace with different seeds or finely chopped nuts and soak in salt water.
- After oats and nuts have been soaked, put in a colander to drain the sink while the remaining mixture is prepared granola. Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl (which actually use my pot to make life easier! Mix), along with oat mixture / nut drain and stir to mix well.
- Scoop and spreading the granola mixture on their dehydrator trays and dehydrated at 135 degrees for 8-12 hours or 160 degrees for about 6 hours. You can check the granola dehydrator periodically as each brand can work differently temps. Also keep in mind the thickest granola running the longer it will take to dehydrate.
- When the muesli drying is done, let cool about 30 minutes and then divide it into pieces the size you want in airtight storage. I store my granola in the pantry. We like to serve granola with raw milk or coconut milk and boiled eggs on the side. Also it makes a great coconut yogurt or yogurt topper or trail mix addition!