This recipe for grain-free granola calls in roughly chopped sliced almonds to replace the oats. It's adapted from Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola, which more than 2,000 Food52 users consider a favorite. Consider this a template for grain-free granola: Riffing is encouraged. Swap out the dried cherries for another tart dried fruit, like cranberries. Toss in dark chocolate chips after it cools. The recipe yields about 7 cups, which'll fly off of your pantry shelves in no time, but you can easily double or halve it as you wish. Stored in a jar and adorned with a twine bow, it'd make a beautiful holiday—or any day—gift. —Ella Quittner
Place almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, maple syrup, olive oil, sugar, and salt in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Spread granola mixture in a flat layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to oven and bake.
After 30 minutes, remove the sheet from the oven, mix in the coconut flakes, and place it back into the oven for another 20 to 25 minutes, stirring only once halfway through, until the almond slices and coconut chips are toasted.
Remove from oven. Sprinkle with more salt to taste. (Stick to sprinkling salt from overhead and avoid manually mixing it in at this stage—letting your granola cool before stirring will encourage clumps to form.) Let cool completely, then stir in the cherries. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
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