Cherry Vanilla Granola


Butter-free, oil-free, and sweetened with pure maple syrup, this crunchy cherry vanilla granola is a wonderful and nutritious addition to breakfast.


My favorite way to eat granola is to pile it on top of yogurt, and this one is especially lovely that way. It’s pretty great by itself, too. πŸ™‚

Cherry Vanilla Granola


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • Β½ cup nuts and/or seeds (I used cashews and sunflower seeds)
  • 2-4 tablespoons granulated sweetener of choice (optional– I don’t think it needs it, but your tastebuds may vary!)
  • ΒΌ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ΒΌ teaspoon almond extract
  • dried cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 300Β° and grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, cereal, nuts/seeds, and, if using, the granulated sweetener.
  3. Pour in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract and stir until everything is coated.
  4. Spread the granola evenly onto the sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. When the granola has cooled completely, stir in the dried cherries.


42 thoughts on “Cherry Vanilla Granola

  1. Oh this looks beautiful and I know will be equally Delicious to eat!
    I have pinned this and also want to thank you for sharing this recipe with us at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!


  2. This sounds delicious! We love dried cherries and of course, homemade granola is the best! My husband would really like this so I’m saving the recipe.

    Happy Thoughts of Home. πŸ˜‰


  3. Oh I love the addition of the cherries! I am a bit late to the TOHOT party this week due to my college semester finals but I’m so glad that I didn’t miss this. Have a wonderful week.


  4. A nice little recipe for me to try. I love popping granola in my mouth for snacks. Cherries are a wonderfuful addition. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.


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