Walnut and Cherry Maple Granola

by Jacqueline on October 18, 2013

Nutty breakfast

Walnut and Cherry Maple Granola

I love dishes that you can throw together at a moment’s notice using only your store cupboard ingredients. Granola is one of the dishes that fits this bill nicely . In a matter of minutes, you can make a sweet and fuel busting breakfast. When your preferred  fruit or nut isn’t available you can alternate with different varieties. Here, I have used walnuts and dried cherries but blueberries and almonds also work well together.

Fuel providing breakfast

A breakfast of granola,figs, Greek honey and yoghurt

I’ve served the granola here with fresh figs, yoghurt and Greek honey but I also take it with just a splash of cold milk. 

Walnut and Cherry Maple Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 6 for Breakfast

A sweet, crunchy, nutty breakfast


  • 225g of porridge oats
  • 80g of dried cherries
  • 60g of walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 60ml of maple syrup
  • 50ml unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix oats and walnuts in a bowl together.
  3. Combine the maple syrup and melted butter in a saucepan. Bring to boil. Turn off heat.
  4. Put the oat mixture into the saucepan and ensure all the oats are coated with syrupy mixture. The ingredients should bind easily together. Add more maple syrup, if necessary
  5. Bake in the oven in a wide and shallow tray for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the dried cherries to the oat mixture and stir together. Bake until the mixture is golden and crisp, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes longer


Mix up the granola with different nuts and dried fruit.


What could be easier to make?

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I’m adding this to the One Ingredient challenge this month which is Walnuts

This challenge is owned by lovely ladies; Nazima over at Franglais Kitchen and Laura at How to Cook Good Food
As this recipe uses up all of my store cupboard ingredients, I’m entering this into Credit Crunch Munch for October – owned by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla at Fab Food For All and hosted this month by Michelle over at Utterly Scrummy

I’ve just discovered recently that I can also add this to The Breakfast Club challenge owned by Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours and hosted this month by Michelle over at Utterly Scrummy. The theme this month is fruit. Hooray!



{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angela October 18, 2013 at 8:22 am

I always prefer homemade granola over store bought but for some reason I always forget to make up a batch. Good to be reminded – thanks :-) Hope the studies are going well.


2 Jacqueline October 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

Thanks Angela. I agree – homemade granola is so much better than the shop bought stuff. The studies are taking over my life at the moment but I’m learning a lot and really enjoying it :-) Thanks for your kind wishes x


3 Elizabeth October 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

I’m a big fan of homemade granola and this combination of flavours sounds superb!


4 Jacqueline October 19, 2013 at 7:52 am

Thanks Elizabeth!


5 Camilla October 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

Mmm, I ‘d like a bowl of this for breakfast right now. I’ve never made Granola before, maybe I’ll have a go one day (adds to list :-) Thank you for entering Credit Crunch Munch!


6 Jacqueline October 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thanks Camilla – just found your comment in the spam folder. You may need to check on other WP sites if your comments aren’t appearing elsewhere :-)


7 Fiona Maclean October 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

Looks excellent! I have a NEW (well, second hand refurbished) cooker arriving next week so I might just have a go!


8 Jacqueline October 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

Yay! You have a new toy. Have fun practicing Fiona :-)


9 Sarah October 18, 2013 at 11:03 am

Sounds like a good way to start the morning – walnuts and cherries make a great pairing.


10 Jacqueline October 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

Thanks Sarah!


11 laura@howtocookgoodfood October 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I just love granola, often make it but have not used the combination of sour cherries and walnuts. Sounds wonderful and I am stocking up on all my dried fruits at the moment for my Christmas themed lessons. Have found a lovely cherry, blueberry & cranberry mix and sometimes we get given walnuts from other allotment holders. Thanks for entering One Ingredient with this tasty yet simple recipe :)


12 Jacqueline October 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

Good luck with all the preparation for the Christmas lessons. Sounds like fun!


13 Mich Piece of Cake October 19, 2013 at 4:12 am

I love to make my own granola and this looks simply amazing!


14 Jacqueline October 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

Thanks Michelle!


15 Katharine October 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

The flavours in this granola sound wonderful and it’s a lot easier than the recipe I use (which is so fiddly that I don’t make it often) so I’ll certainly be giving this one a go – thank you!


16 Jacqueline October 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

It’s such an easy recipe Katharine. You really can’t go wrong!


17 Magpie October 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

I always enjoy home made granola. Using melted butter is new to me, most recipes use oil – I
will try butter next time for that buttery flavour. Delicious recipe and looks delicious too.


18 Jacqueline October 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Thanks Maggie – do let me know if you try it :-)


19 Nazima October 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I have to admit I have never made a home made granola but I do like the idea of making them to one’s own preference of taste so you have inspired me!


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