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Oats provide a gluten-free source of soluble fiber, an important nutrient for gut and heart health.
Walnuts are one of the few plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These types of fats are important for heart and brain health, as well as reducing inflammation within the body.
Almonds are an excellent source of protein, fiber, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and vitamin E. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, may help to protect cells from damage.
Cinnamon may help lower inflammation within the body.
Cherries are a great source of anthocyanins and quercetin. These antioxidants may help to protect the heart and lower inflammation within the body. Cherries may also help to relieve arthritis pain when consumed regularly.
Preheat Oven Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix Ingredients In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, salt, and cinnamon. Drizzle the oil, honey, and vanilla over the oat mixture and blend until all ingredients are evenly coated.
Spread Granola Spread the granola into an even layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake Granola Bake until golden, about 12 minutes, stirring halfway through. The granola will not be crispy coming out of the oven. It will crisp as it cools.
Cool Granola Let the granola cool completely and then break in to pieces. Gently stir in the dried cherries. (If you’re feeling a little crazy, mix in some chocolate chips as well!)
Choose certified gluten-free oats
Replace nuts with sunflower seeds or pepitas
Measure the cooking oil in the measuring cup before the honey. The oil will help the honey slide out more easily and prevent having to scrape out the measuring cup.
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