Cherry Garcia Granola

Summer of 1995. I had just finished my freshman year of college and had quite the Birkenstock tan on my feet. I was living in my parents’ NJ home when the call came, from my friend Kevin: “Lynn, Jerry’s dead.” It took me a second – I racked my brain to figure out who Jerry was.

Ohhhhh. Jerry Garcia.

I had been listening to a lot of the Grateful Dead since the early nineties but I wouldn’t call myself a “Dead Head,” especially since I had never gone to one of their concerts. (I was, however, a full-on Phish Freak.) Shortly after his death I discovered rrriot girl music, then hip hop, and my faux hippie phase was over.

cherry garcia clumpy granola recipe with dried cherries and chocolate

I still have a soft spot in my heart for those tunes, though. Earlier this summer we watched Long Strange Trip and it brought me back to those times. The docuseries is so well-done, even Abe enjoyed it. He does not like The Grateful Dead music at all, but he did love this snack I whipped up in honor of Jerry.

cherry garcia clumpy granola recipe with dried cherries and chocolate

cherry garcia clumpy granola recipe with dried cherries and chocolate

cherry garcia clumpy granola recipe with dried cherries and chocolate

cherry garcia clumpy granola recipe with dried cherries and chocolate

My go-to granola recipe is by America’s Test Kitchen – I like it super clumpy and their method helps you achieve just that without the use of egg whites, which means it’s vegan. I added hemp seeds (duh), plus dried cherries and chocolate to give it that now-classic Ben and Jerry’s flavor.

It tastes great on top of Cherry Garcia ice cream, of course.


Cherry Garcia Granola

adapted from America's Test Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and oil. Stir in the oats.
  3. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat. Press it evenly to compact the oats with the back of your spatula.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through cooking. When granola is lightly brown, it's done!
  5. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. When granola is cool, break into clusters with your hands and mix in the hemp seeds, dried cherries, and chocolate.
  6. Store in an airtight container up to 1 month.
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