Chocolate Cherry Granola

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One of my local colleagues recently made her first trip to Europe, spending her honeymoon exploring Italy and France.  On her return I very excitedly asked what she thought about the food, and got a surpisingly lukewarm response – apparently it just wasn’t as good as food in Hong Kong.  She took particular issue with the breakfast:  “Why do Europeans like cold breakfasts?  It’s all cereal and bread!”  I guess we all like the familiar.  The smell of savoury noodle dishes in the morning absolutely nauseates me.  When I lived in Vietnam, I always thought of pho as a lunchtime dish, but the locals would happily slurp it down for breakfast.  I do like a good cooked breakfast, but for day to day life it is generally something cold, like a bowl of this delicious chocolate granola with yoghurt.  It might not impress the people of Hong Kong, but it certainly does the job for me!

Chocolate Cherry Granola

Ingredients:

200g rolled oats

30g cocoa

50g dessicated coconut

50g flaked almonds

160g honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

50-100g dried cherries

Method:

1.  Preheat the oven to 200C and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

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2.  Mix the oats, cocoa, coconut and almonds together in a large bowl.

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3.  Pour in the honey and vanilla.  Mix well to combine until sticky evenly coated.

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4.  Tip the mixture onto the baking sheet.

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5.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, turning the mixture upside down with a spoon half way through.

6.  Leave to cool.

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7.  Break the pieces down into little clusters in a mixing bowl.  Add the cherries and mix through.

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8.  Store in jars and enjoy with milk or yoghurt, or alone as a snack.

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