Cherry Pecan Grain-free Granola

This vegan grain-free sugar-free recipe uses dried cherry, pecans, and coconut for a healthy snack.  Containing no refined sugars or syrups, dried dates bring natural sweetness, along with fiber and potassium, to this kid-approved granola.

MEDIUM      Servings: 16       Ready In: 75 minutes

Ingredients

2 tbsp. flax meal
6 tablespoons water
1 cups raw pecans
1 cup raw cashews
½ cup chopped dates
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup dried cherries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt


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Gather ingredients. Preheat oven to 300 F. 

To make flax "egg": Combine flax meal and the 6 tbsp. warm water in a large bowl. Let sit 5 minutes to set.

To make granola: Place the pecans and cashews into a food processor. Puree until crumbly. Pour into the bowl with the flax meal mixture. 
Add the coconut, cherries, and chopped dates to the food processor. Puree until crumbly, about the same size as the cashew pecan mix. 
Add chopped cherry mix to the flax egg bowl. 
Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Stir well to combine. 

To bake: Spread granola mixture into a single layer on a baking sheet pan. Bake at 300 for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. 
After 40 minutes, turn the oven up to 350. Stir again and cook until golden brown, another 7-10 minutes.
When granola is golden brown, remove from the oven and let sit at least 10 minutes. 

Keep in an open-air container for up to 5 days or make a double batch and freeze for up to 1 month.

Chef's Tips: For truly grain-free, double-check that your dates are not dusted in oat flour (gluten-free). If this is a concern, use regular whole dates and chop them yourself. If it's not a concern, you can use dates dusted in oat flour.

Yield: 4 cups

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/16 recipes, about 1/4 cup)

Calories 184
Calories From Fat (65%) 119.68
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14.3g 22%
Saturated Fat 5.65g 28%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 64.3mg 3%
Potassium 163.63mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 14.04g 5%
Fiber 3.27g 13%
Sugar 4.84g
Protein 2.9g 6%
Calcium 0.23mg <1%
Iron 18.59mg 103%
Vitamin A 5.33IU <1%
Vitamin C 0.05mg <1%


Chef Katie Simmons will guide you on to choose a good mango, how to ripen it, and how to cut it. Plus she'll show you how to make Mango Cups for healthy, transportable, compostable, delicious snacking. Recipes and more at: www.plants-rule.com