Pair this crave-worthy 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?
Have you seen Wild or read the book? I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s on my list. I’ve heard it’s even better than the movie, which was really good.
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!
Chocolate-Covered Cherry 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 chocolate cherry 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!
By the way … if you love this delicious granola, make sure to check out my basic Homemade Granola recipe, too. It’s so delish, and you can customize it however you’d like.
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Granola
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and patted dry
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Stir together oats and quinoa in a large bowl.
- Whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl. Pour oil mixture over oats/quinoa and stir until well coated.
- Spread oats on a baking sheet. 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 granola immediately or store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Now that you know how to make this chocolate and cherry granola, check out the recipes from my food blogger friends!
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
Magic Garbanzo Beans – Into the Woods
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?