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Sophia's Toasted Almond Granola with Cardamom and Chocolate Chunks

Amanda Haas
Sophia Kvochak is a friend and cooking enthusiast. After returning from the holidays, I found this granola on my desk. It was completely addicting, and within the day, I needed to know what was in it. Lucky for me, Sophia was willing to share her recipe. You can certainly replace the pepitas, dried fruit, or chocolate chunks with your own favorite ingredients, but promise me you’ll leave the slivered almonds and cardamom in— together, they’re magical.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 7 cups


  • 4 cups gluten-free rolled oats such as Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dried sour cherries or cranberries
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chunks


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F [180°C]. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, pepitas, cinnamon, salt, cardamom, and ginger. Add the maple syrup and oil and stir well. Spread the oat mixture evenly onto the prepared sheet and bake until golden, about 25 minutes, turning the sheet halfway through and stirring with a rubber spatula.
  • Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool completely. Stir in the dried cherries and chocolate, breaking up any large clumps.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.


Reprinted from The Vibrant Life by Amanda Haas with permission by Chronicle Books, 2019.