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    Sour Cherry Granola

    What could be more practical and nice than to have a handmade mix of cereal and dried fruit for your breakfast!! A cereal mix full of nutrients, vitamins, energy and, of course, great taste.

    Actually, this method for preparing your breakfast solves your hands. Of course, you may want to ask me, how time consuming is to prepare a proper breakfast? Well, I’m sure that most of you have missed your breakfast many times, because you did not have time to prepare it.  Granola is the solution for those mornings full of rush.

    Sour Cherry Granola for a healthier breakfast – Granola με Ξερά Βύσσινα για πιο υγιεινό πρωινό

    This granola I suggest today contains oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, coconut, and as I said already, dried sour cherries. You certainly can replace any ingredient with another that you like most. You can use dried cherries or cranberries, almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc. Let your imagination run free and experiment 😉 But be sure to keep the proportions.

    Walnuts, a very good source of fiber, are high in polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fats, contain many antioxidants, such as phenolic compounds, melatonin, and many metals, such as manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Still, they are a very good source of vitamin E. Moreover, walnuts contain B vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folic acid.

    Sour Cherry Granola for a healthier breakfast – Granola με Ξερά Βύσσινα για πιο υγιεινό πρωινό

    Sunflower seeds are a food rich in phytosterols, fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, folate, B vitamins and vitamin E. They are rich in protein and fiber, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. They are an important source of other antioxidants, such as selenium.

    Sour cherry is rich in vitamin C (raw fruit), antioxidant polyphenols, such as anthocyanins, which fight free radicals. Their significant antioxidant action gives anti-aging properties. The kaempferol and quersitin they contain improve memory, concentration and vision. The dried sour cherries I found at my favorite shop in the center of Athens do not contain extra sugar, but they are dried and processed exclusively with their own sugars. Even healthier!!

    Sour Cherry Granola
    Serves 16
    A healthy granola, packed with a lot of nutrients
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    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    45 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    45 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    172 calories
    19 g
    0 g
    11 g
    3 g
    3 g
    42 g
    77 g
    12 g
    0 g
    6 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    42g
    Servings
    16
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 172
    Calories from Fat 92
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 11g
    17%
    Saturated Fat 3g
    17%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    0%
    Sodium 77mg
    3%
    Total Carbohydrates 19g
    6%
    Dietary Fiber 2g
    9%
    Sugars 12g
    Protein 3g
    Vitamin A
    2%
    Vitamin C
    2%
    Calcium
    1%
    Iron
    4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
    2. • ¾ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
    3. • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
    4. • ½ teaspoon salt
    5. • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    6. • ¼ cup olive oil
    7. • ½ cup honey, or maple syrup
    8. • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
    9. • ¾ cup dried sour cherries
    10. • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
    Instructions
    1. Preheat the oven to 150° C (300o F). Lay a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a bowl mix the oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, salt and cinnamon.
    3. In a small bowl or a small food processor, mix the olive oil, honey and sugar.
    4. Pour the mixture of liquid materials in the bowl of solid materials and mix well with a wooden or silicone spatula.
    5. Transfer the mixture into the baking sheet and spread it out well.
    6. Put in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes until you get a deep brown color. Be sure to stir every 15 minutes so the granola cooks evenly. It will seem too "watery" while it is in the oven. It is normal.
    7. Approximately 10 minutes before removing from the oven, add the dried cherries and grated coconut and mix well.
    8. 8 When cooked, remove from the oven and let cool completely. It dries into chunks. Do not stir until cool. Only then, break it into small pieces and the store it in an airtight container.
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    calories
    172
    fat
    11g
    protein
    3g
    carbs
    19g
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    Make this granola with dried cherries and you won’t regret it!! Enjoy it with milk, yoghurt, buttermilk or even plain!! It is delicious! To tell you the truth, I tried it with ice cream …. Yummy!!

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