sunday baking: nutty cocoa granola with sour cherries & coconut ribbons

nutty cocoa granola with sour cherries & coconut ribbons | everybody likes sandwiches

I know, I know, another granola recipe. There are a lot of granola recipes on this site already, and this newest addition makes TEN. Yup, 10 granola recipes to choose from – not bad really. If you eat granola for breakfast on a weekly (or almost daily) basis, it’s good to shake things up with new recipes. And you’re in luck, because this one is fantastic.

nutty cocoa granola with sour cherries & coconut ribbons | everybody likes sandwiches

Sunday night is granola night making over here in this kitchen. For me it’s a good way to make sure that I’ve got breakfasts covered for the upcoming week and it’s a pretty simple and enjoyable task. Added bonus, it makes your kitchen smell amazing. The cocoa here adds a dark, chocolately richness to the granola, without it being super sweet. You’re not going to fool anyone about this being dessert. It’s breakfast! It’s got chocolate in it! Sounds pretty perfect to me!

nutty cocoa granola with sour cherries & coconut ribbons | everybody likes sandwiches

All the add-ins from the hazelnuts and almonds to the coconut ribbons and dried sour cherries keep on adding up to awesome. There’s lots of crunch and flavour going on. A dollop of greek yogurt, or better yet, coconut yogurt and breakfast is ready.

nutty cocoa granola with sour cherries & coconut ribbons | everybody likes sandwiches

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19 comments to “sunday baking: nutty cocoa granola with sour cherries & coconut ribbons”

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    Sarah   June 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    GAH – I have made something similar to this before but it was SOO UNHEALTHY! This looks like a breakfast-suitable take on the same recipe! Love it. :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar   June 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    This sounds like such a delight! Love it!

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    Joanne   June 3, 2013 at 3:36 am

    The hints of nutella flavor are definitely what appeal to me here! Such a great breakfast treat!

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    Sues   June 3, 2013 at 6:32 am

    You can never have too much granola! Especially when there’s cocoa and sour cherries involved :)

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    Caz   June 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I love the combination of cocoa and cherries. Sounds delicious. Granola baking in the oven is one of my favourite smells.

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    kickpleat   June 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Sarah, yes, have no fear – this is definitely breakfast-friendly :) Enjoy!

    Thanks Katrina, it’s a true keeper!

    Joanne, yes, it’s very nutella-esque! Very tasty.

    I like how you think, Sues!

    Yes, Caz, that granola-baking smell is very intoxicating.

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    Eileen   June 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Hey, there’s nothing wrong with having plenty of granola recipes! That’s the best way not to get sick of granola, right? :) This looks great–such a perfect combination of cherry and coconut.

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    Nicole   June 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I love the sound of this! Cocoa/hazelnut/cherry..mmmm. And I don’t think there’s such a thing as too many granola recipes, right? :)

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    Robert F   June 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I made this. Stirred after 15 minutes but the oven started smoking at the 27 minute mark. Did you really mean 350F? Most of your other granola recipes are baked at a lower temp.

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    kickpleat   June 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Eileen, agreed! Always need to keep breakfast interesting!

    Nicole, yes, this is definitely a good one. Enjoy!

    Robert F – you must be right about that. I didn’t note a different temperature on my handwritten notes, but I wouldn’t have baked it at 350 like the original recipe suggests – I’m too scared of burning granola. I’m so sorry that you smoked yours up – hopefully you got some salvageable bits. I’ve reduced the temp to 300F.

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    Robert F   June 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    > hopefully you got some salvageable bits.

    No big deal, I just dumped the whole thing into the compost and will try again at some point. Given how much money I’ve saved making all of my own ELS granola, the cost of ingredients is inconsequential.

    And speaking of money, interesting WSJ article today “The Latest Urban Development Trend: Less Elbow Room” about the Vancouver housing market: spiraling home costs, more buildings on existing lots, etc.

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   June 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Everything I enjoy is in this granola…everything! I must make it, says the person who just picked up a box of Dorset’s cereal from the supermarket today. Lazy ass I am. :)

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    kickpleat   June 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Bummer anyway, Robert. I do hope you try it again – right now it’s my favorite granola recipe. Ah yes, Vancouver’s housing market is what everyone in this city speaks of. I love the idea of laneway houses – there were lots in our old neighbourhood & many of them had been there for decades. I’m glad to see it’s an idea gaining ground, but this city does need to be made more affordable, that’s for sure.

    Bijoux, this is a keeper. Lazy is okay too sometimes :)

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    Danabee   June 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Be still my heart, this is a winner! My 6YO and I are granola and chocolate fanatics and this one has it all. I added a lot of flax seed meal and it is super good. Now I am thinking about omitting cherries and putting in peanut butter chips… Thanks, Kickpleat!! You’re a genius!

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    kickpleat   June 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Aw, thanks Danabee! Glad you & your kid loved this one. PB chips?! You’re a wild one :)

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    erin   June 22, 2013 at 5:28 am

    This is soooooo good! I will make it again, but next time, I must share with my friends, lest I eat the whole batch by myself AGAIN. I added a touch of almond extract and replaced about 1 Tb of the coconut oil with roasted hazelnut oil. Mmmmm… :)

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    kickpleat   June 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Erin, so glad you enjoyed this one – and sharing is always a good plan :)

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    erin   July 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Do you mind if I share this on my incredibly neglected blog? Linked back to you of course! It’s not often I feel moved enough to bother posting anything these days, but this is one killer recipe and I just happen to have another batch (my 4th!) in the oven as I type. :-)
    Thanks!

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    kickpleat   July 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Erin, yes, please do! Thanks for asking :) And I’m so pleased that you love this recipe enough to become a favourite!!

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