Not going to lie, dehydrating fruit can be a tad bit labor intensive. De-pitting a boat load of cherries is not as easy as it looks. But…well. worth. the elbow grease.
For this batch of dehydrated fruit I literally just sliced, pitted, and dried. I did’t even dip them in lemon juice or add any additional sweetener. The color held and the flavor turned out as sweet as can be! Who needs store bought dried fruit? “Not I,” said the pig.
These cherries took a little bit longer to dry out than my typical batch of apples. (they are composed of more water volume, which is why it takes longer) This is them after about 6 hours at 145F.
Pistachio Cherry Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 cup pistachio nuts, crushed
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- Preheat oven to 350F and line an 11×17 inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix the first eight ingredients together.
- In a small bowl, mix together olive oil and honey.
- Then, pour olive oil/honey mixture over granola and toss. Make sure everything is thoroughly coated.
- Evenly spread granola mixture onto baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the oats turn golden brown. With a wooden spoon, toss granola every 10 minutes to ensure it bakes evenly.