I went to see the new Superman movie twice already. Yes, twice. I mean have you seen the guy playing Superman?! But no really, in all seriousness, it was good. Great. For a Superman movie, I was impressed considering the last attempts completely bombed.
I guess I should explain that I have a slight obsession with all things Superhero. I grew up watching X-Men and secretly hoped the Xavier School for the Gifted actually existed and one day I would wake up with with a newly discovered super power and go to school there…Yeah, that’s not something I go around admitting all the time… hopefully there’s some X-men nerds out there who catch my drift.
Anyways! Superhero movies are a staple in my life. Good Superhero movies. As is granola. Good granola. I just need that extra crunch in my breakfast…or dessert..or snack..or basically with anything! Granola is my #1 household staple. It is always in supply and I am always in check as to when I need to make a new batch. Just like I am always in check as to when the new Batman movie comes out, or whether or not they’re making The Avengers 2…
Cherry Pie Granola. This is a new one. I usually stick to my basic granola recipe, but I have been craving cherries all summer and felt like branching out. This granola gives off just the right amount of sweetness while adding a great crunch to your yogurt or oatmeal, etc. I love to make my own granola because I know exactly what goes in it and it’s so versatile; there are endless routes you can go!
Not to mention the health perks are great. The oats offer a natural source of fiber, carbs and protein which is an awesome way to get have a balanced meal. I sweeten mine with natural flavors and no added sugars or any nonsense you see on some granola packaging. So grab a bowl of yogurt (I like Chobani Vanilla the best with this recipe) and put some cherry pie granola on top. Who doesn’t like dessert for breakfast?
(Makes roughly 2-4 Cups)
2 cups extra thick rolled oats
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 Tbsp. raspberry preserves, no sugar added
3 Tbsp. honey
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine oats, cherries, pecans and cinnamon in a bowl. On a stovetop skillet heat to medium and combine apple sauce, raspberry preserves and honey. Let mixture melt, adding in vanilla extract and stirring. Once mixture is well combined and melted, add to dry ingredients.
Mix everything thoroughly, adding in a drizzle of more honey if you want an even sweeter taste. (The cherries and preserves add a lot of sweetness as it is, so you may not need the extra honey!) Place mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for roughly 20 minutes, stirring through every 5 minutes.
Let cool and eat up!