Nothing unglamorous (or unhealthy!) about this granola. If you like the classic Blackstrap Cherry version, you will love this.

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  • Preparation Time

    10 minutes

  • Cooking Time

    2 minutes + 35 minutes

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  1. 2 cups crisp puffed whole ancient grain cereal (e.g., sorghum, quinoa, Kamut ®, brown rice)
  2. ½ cup / 57 g hazelnuts/filberts, chopped
  3. ½ cup / 65 g almonds, sliced or chopped
  4. 1 tsp / 5 ml coconut oil
  5. 2 Tbsp / 30 ml pure maple syrup
  6. 1 Tbsp / 15 ml blackstrap molasses
  7. ½ tsp / 1½ g cinnamon
  8. 3 Tbsp / 45 ml water
  9. 2 Tbsp / 20 g chia seeds, freshly ground
  10. ¼ cup / 40 g dried red or black currants
  11. ¼ cup / 40 g dried blueberries or raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine first 3 ingredients, and set aside.
  3. In a non-stick saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together oil, maple, molasses, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons / 30 ml water for about 2 minutes, until it thickens.
  4. Pour syrup mixture over dry mixture, tossing to coat well.
  5. Spread final mixture onto paper in prepared pan, insert into middle row of preheated oven.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, toss, re-spread over paper, and place back in oven. Reduce heat to 300°F / 150°C, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Toss with remaining water, ground chia seeds, and dried fruit, re-spread over paper, and continue baking for a final 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, and allow to cool before serving.

Store in an airtight container (preferably glass) for up to several weeks in the refrigerator or for up to 2 months in the freezer.

Enjoy as a snack, or as part of a nutritious breakfast with pastured or vegan milk or yogurt (8 ounces / 240 ml = 1 Carb + 1 Protein exchange).

Serving size: ¼ cup / 60 g

Exchanges per Serving: 1 Carb, 1 Fat

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Comments 16

  1. I have a very similar recipe that uses oatmeal as the basis, then sweetens with 1/3 c. Honey. Is this comparable to the above recipe with maple syrup and molasses? I’m using 4 c. Oats to this amount of honey, so it’s not much over the entire recipe.

  2. some of these foods are bit hard to locate and take up lots of time and effort is there easier options you can buy that have similar benefits like normal porriage oats and fresh fruits? surely they are healthy too? vicki

    • Hi, Sandra. I suggest you try the personal version of our Menu Planner menu-building application (the right-most option here: There you can select the specific foods that work for you, guided by our color-coding system wherein the foods listed in the lighter shades of blue are the healthiest. Many of these are just relatively unprocessed versions of regular foods. You can get more background on this by reading the Quick Start Guide, which you can access through the “My Downloads” link at the top right of each site page.

    • Hi, mortun. We recommend a wide variety of ingredients, but you absolutely can do what you noted. If you use the personal version of the Menu Planner app, you can select the foods to go into your menus, and if you do a search for recipes using terms like “simple,” “classic,” “basic,” etc., you may find those more suitable.

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