Tuesday, May 5

Mother's Day Breakfast Ideas: Cherry, Prune, and Almond Granola

cherry, prune, and almond granola

I first made this cherry, prune, and almond granola in January as a way to use up leftover Christmas prunes. It was so deliciously chunky, chewy, and sweet, that I have made it several times since. Enjoy it for breakfast with low-fat or skim milk or sprinkled on top of your favorite yogurt or cottage cheese.

For your Mother's Day, breakfast, let your guests decide how they'd like to enjoy it. Pour the granola is a pretty bowl with a serving spoon and have milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese available for them to choose.

Tart cherries and sweet prunes compliment each other beautifully in this granola, though feel free to make your own substitutions based on what's in your cupboard. Some other tasty combinations include: cherries and dates, cranberries and prunes, and cherries and apricots. Just about any kind of nut from walnuts to pecans work well. Just don't skip the vanilla and spices, which add subtle flavor and enticing aroma.

Cherry, Prune, and Almond Granola
Yield: 6 cups
Print recipe only here.

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup whole almonds
3/4 cup prunes, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup dried tart cherries
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter (or butter substitute such as Smart Balance)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 /2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.

In a small pan over medium heat, melt honey and butter. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Pour honey-butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well coated. Spread out mixture on a large rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake for 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice, or until granola is golden brown. Cool completely.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

You might also like:

Breakfast Quinoa with Dried Cherries, Raisins, and Pecans

Banana, Coconut, and Medjool Date Bread

Healthy Muffins

More granola recipes I would like to try:
The Best Granola at Alexandra's Kitchen
Glorious Granola at Cookie Baker Lynn
French Chocolate Granola at Orangette

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Juliana said...

Love the mix of ingredients and flavors...very nourishing. Great idea for Mother's Day breakfast.

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Another great recipe that your are sharing. This is a delicious breakfast for Mother's Day. Thanks :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love granola! This one looks fantastic! A great mix of ingredients!



Ivy said...

Another lovely idea for Mother's Day.

Gattina Cheung said...

S, you have an excellent taste in choosing/combining different ingredients. Same (or more) impressed me, your artistic sense in photography! Luuuve this foto.

Half Baked said...

Yum that granola looks so tasty! I love that the recipe doesn't contain any oil. Thanks for another great recipe!

Anonymous said...

Homemade granola is so easy and versatile. I love it on yogurt, like you suggest, or simply by the handful as a quick snack. This version looks yummy and I may have to give it a whirl

glutenfreeforgood said...

I have my own version of granola and make it all the time. I vary it according to what I have on hand, but it has never dawned on me to use prunes. I've used every other type of dried fruit, wonder why I never thought of prunes as it's an obviously good choice. Wow, thanks for the inspiration, Susan!

I just love this food blogging community! You learn something new every day.


Culinary Wannabe said...

This looks delicious! And I love the tart sweetness the prunes and cherries add. I'm a granola fanatic and have even been known to give packages of it as hostess gifts.

Patricia Scarpin said...

My precious stash of dried cherries is ending, but maybe I still can make this delicious - and healthy! - recipe. Yum, Susan! :D

tavolini said...

I bet that makes the house smell wonderful! Great idea--I love granola :)

Anonymous said...

Never, ever worked with a prune before. :) They must be nice and sweet against the tart cherries.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

juliana-I'm so glad you like it. thanks!

helene-Thank you!

rosa-Me too. It's one of my favorites.

ivy-Many thanks.

gattina- Wow! I'm so flattered. You know how much I adore your photography. :)

paula-Yeah, I don't really like oil, and I find the butter sub works just as well as the real thing w/o the added fat and calories.

kate-Me too. It's a great pick-me-up at around 3:00 pm with some coffee.

melissa-It hadn't for me either until this Christmas! Now, I just love it. I'm so happy you're enjoying food blogging. :)

ashley-That's an ideal gift. I may have to steal that one. :)

patricia-They are precious, aren't they?

tavolini-It certainly does!

duodishes-I hope you give them a try. They are so moist, sweet, and chewy and provide the perfect contrast to the tart cherries.

Heather said...

i love homemade granola. this looks so good :)

elly said...

This sounds like a great granola combo. Ever since I made my own granola last year, I've been hooked and refuse to buy it. Now if only my oven would start working again...

Susan from Food Blogga said...


elly-I hear ya!

Kelly said...

Great combination! I love homemade granola, and this recipe looks delicious.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Your granola looks fabulous! A great treat for Mother's Day or any day. Thanks so much for the link!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Its been quite a while since I have had the time to blog hop so I've missed out on a lot here.
But this picture of your granola caught my eye. Looks so beautiful, Susan.

Pille said...

I've made granola few times since 'discovering' it last year - and will be bookmarking your prune and almond version, for sure!!

Sophie said...

I just love your yummie granola!