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Pistachio Cherry Granola

Posted Jan 09 2012 5:59am
Not going to lie, dehydrating fruit can be a tad bit labor intensive. De-pitting a boat load of cherries is not as easy as it looks. But...well. worth. the elbow grease.

For this batch of dehydrated fruit I literally just sliced, pitted, and dried. I did't even dip them in lemon juice or add any additional sweetener. The color held and the flavor turned out as sweet as can be! Who needs store bought dried fruit? "Not I," said the pig. <----Little Red Hen reference anyone?



These cherries took a little bit longer to dry out than my typical batch of apples. (they are composed of more water volume, which is why it takes longer) This is them after about 6 hours at 145F.


This is them an additional 2 hours later (8 hours total)...

For the last two hours, I cranked (and when I say cranked, I mean cranked :) ) the temperature another 5 degrees. 10 hours later...here is the final product:

They looked a lot like raisins. I still can't believe how much fruit (in general) shrinks down when it's  dehydrated. A pound of cherries turned into a few handfuls of shriveled little nummys. 
Although these cherries are perfectly scrumptious to eat solo, they are even better in a batch of homemade Pistachio Cherry Granola. 

Holy crunchy heaven. I adore pistachio nuts. I just wish they weren't so dang expensive. Thank goodness for Trader Joe's, right?
Pistachio Cherry Granola Ingredients -3C rolled oats -1C dried cherries  -2T flax seed meal -1/2C sunflower seeds -2T sesame seeds -1C pistachio nuts, crushed -1t salt -1t cinnamon -1/4C olive oil -1/4C honey
Method 1.Preheat oven to 350F and line an 11x17 inch baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, mix the first eight ingredients together. 3. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil and honey. 4. Then, pour olive oil/honey mixture over granola and toss. Make sure everything is thoroughly coated.  5. Evenly spread granola mixture onto baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the oats turn golden brown. With a wooden spoon, toss granola every 10 minutes to ensure it bakes evenly. 
Pre-baked
baked = golden brown!
My favorite ways to eat this granola are by itself with 1/2C almond/soy milk, in a greek yogurt parfait, or on top of my morning oats :)



What is your favorite kind of granola?


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