Cherry Almond Granola With Vanilla Crumbles

Crunchy vanilla crumbles make this cherry almond granola extra special. They're not hard to make and they add a salty-sweet crunch to every bite. Time to up your breakfast game!

How to Make Granola with Cherries and Almonds
Summer Miller

Granola is a morning staple for my family. It graces our smoothie bowls and tops our yogurt cups. We even eat it by the bowlful, drenched in milk.

Over the years, I’ve sampled plenty of store-bought and homemade varieties. While I have many favorites, this Cherry Almond Granola with Vanilla Crumbles is at the top of my list.

Dried Cherries and Almonds Make a Great Pair

Toasted almonds add robust depth to this granola, while vanilla crumbles provide an unexpected (but addictive) sweet and salty flavor burst. Combine all of that with chewy and not-too-sweet cherries, and it’s a morning meal made in heaven.

Almond and cherry are a classic combination, and when paired with the floral sweetness of vanilla, this granola becomes extra delicious.

Almond Granola with Cherries
Summer Miller

Add Some Vanilla Crumbles

The vanilla crumbles are an adaptation of a recipe from Christina Tosi's Momofuko Milk Bar. She uses them as topping for cakes and other sweet creations. For today's granola, I reduced the amount of salt, added vanilla, and baked them for a longer period of time to make sure they were really crunchy.

These crumbles are an uncommon addition to granola, but one worth investing the time to make. They add a layer of crunchy texture without the chewy nature of oats. They hold up in a bowl of milk and the flavor profile adds an irresistible burst of sweet and salty in every bite. Visually, the lightly colored crumbles brighten the otherwise brown color of the granola.

Once you make them, you’ll want to add them to everything.

That being said, if you are short on time, you can skip the crumbles or make them later and add them in when time allows. The granola still tastes great without them.

Homemade Granola with Cherries and Almonds
Summer Miller

Storing Your Granola

With the crumbles this granola will keep for about two weeks in an airtight container at room temperature. It will keep for a month or more without them.

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Cherry Almond Granola With Vanilla Crumbles

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 60 mins
Servings 12 servings
Yield 6 cups

The vanilla crumbles are an adaptation of Milk Crumbs developed by Christina Tosi of Momofuko Milk Bar in New York City. The original recipe is in her cookbook.


For the vanilla crumbles (makes about 1 cup of crumbles):

  • 6 tablespoons nonfat dry milk (such as Carnation)

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped

For the granola:

  • 3 tablespoons oil

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

  • 3/4 cup dried cherries


  1. Heat the oven to 250°F
  2. Mix the crumbles:

    Whisk together dry ingredients—the powdered milk through salt—in a bowl. If using vanilla bean add the scraped seeds to the dry ingredients. If using vanilla extract add it to the melted butter.

    Slowly pour the butter over the dry ingredients while tossing with a fork until it forms clumps and all the dry ingredients have been incorporated. It will look like sandy gravel. Your largest pieces should be no larger than the size of a pea.

    Almond Granola with Cherries
    Summer Miller
  3. Bake the crumbles:

    Scatter the crumbles evenly on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at for 25 minutes until they are dry, but still pale in color. Cool completely on the cookie sheet.

    Store in an airtight container for up to one week, or cool and use stir into granola.

  4. Increase the oven temperature to 325°F
  5. Mix the granola:

    Combine oil, syrup, sugar, extracts, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Stir in oats and almonds making sure they are well coated. (Reserve the dried cherries for adding later.)

  6. Bake the granola:

    Spread mixture evenly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 10 min. Stir and bake for 10 more minutes. Stir and bake for 5 to 7 minutes more. The granola should be dry and golden. Remove from oven. Let cool completely.

    How to Make Granola with Cherries and Almonds make the granola
    Summer Miller
  7. Finish and store:

    Once the granola is cool, stir in cherries and vanilla crumbles. Store in an airtight container at room temp for 2 weeks. (Alternatively, store the vanilla crumbles separately at room temperature, covered, for up to two weeks, and the granola will keep for 1 month.)

    Serve over your favorite yogurt with sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey.

    Cherry Vanilla Granola with Almonds combine the granola crumbles and cherries
    Summer Miller
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
242 Calories
9g Fat
36g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 242
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 149mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 183mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.