Pair this Chocolate-Covered Cherry Granola with yogurt for an easy, yet delicious breakfast or snack!
The Oscars are almost here! I always try to watch as many of the movies as possible and love tuning in to see who wins (not to mention, checking out the gorgeous gowns). Are you a fan, too?
For this year’s Oscars, I’m partnering with a group of amazing bloggers to bring you a menu inspired by the nominated movies! Many of this year’s nominees, although great movies, are quite serious. I ended up choosing Wild, which is not without it’s own dark side, although it definitely ends on a positive note.
This Chocolate-Covered Cherry Granola was inspired by all the hiking that takes place in the Wild. I mean, what goes better with a strenuous hike than a delicious, crunchy snack?
Wild stars Reese Witherspoon and is based on the real life story of Cheryl Strayed, who goes into a tailspin following her mother’s death. If you’ve ever lost a close family member or friend, you will definitely be able to relate.
After years of reckless behavior, heroin addiction, and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. She has absolutely no experience, and the lengthy hike is both maddening and healing.
If you haven’t seen Wild yet, check it out! My husband and I both enjoyed it a lot.
In one of the first scenes, Strayed realizes that she purchased the wrong gas for her stove and can’t cook any of the dehydrated meals she packed. So her first meals consist of cold gruel and handfuls of granola.
As delicious as cold gruel sounds, I was much more inspired by the granola! This Chocolate-Covered Cherry Granola is the perfect snack to take on any hike or use it to top yogurt and fruit for a healthy breakfast.
I love chocolate, and dried cherries are pretty great, too, but my favorite ingredient here may just be the quinoa. It lends a delicious crunch to this maple-flavored granola and packs in a ton of protein, too.
This Chocolate-Covered Cherry Granola couldn’t be easier to make, so don’t get stuck eating cold gruel on your next hike … ha!
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and patted dry
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 3 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl.
- Stir together oats and quinoa in a large bowl.
- Pour oil mixture over oats/quinoa and stir until well coated.
- Spread oats on a baking sheet and place in oven.
- Bake until golden, about 25 - 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let mixture cool completely.
- Stir in cherries and chocolate.
- Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container. Enjoy!
In honor of the Academy Awards, I’ve teamed up with 15 incredible bloggers to bring you Oscar-themed recipes, and as far as I’m concerned, they’re all up for best recipe! 😉
The Oscar Noms Party
Menu & Movies
Pork Tenderloin Sliders – The Judge
Aged Cheddar & Apple Grilled Cheese – Boyhood
Pull-Apart Pepperoni Pizza Bread – Whiplash
Asparagus Rolls – Into the Woods
Texas Quesadilla with Chunky Guacamole – American Sniper
Magic Garbanzo Beans – Into the Woods
Nutella Mochi – Big Hero 6
Rocket Raccoon Cake – Guardians of the Galaxy
Texas Peach Crisp Skillet – American Sniper
Camouflage Mini Cheesecakes – American Sniper
Courtesan au Chocolat – Grand Budapest Hotel
Butterscotch Pudding – Gone Girl
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Granola – Wild
What is your favorite movie – food pairing?