Preheat oven to 325F.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. In a separate bowl stir together oats, salt, cinnamon and almonds. Pour in the oil and syrup mixture, then stir thoroughly to combine. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola on top in an even layer. Bake for about 45 minutes until golden brown, stirring every 15 min- utes and watching carefully at the end of the baking time, stirring more if necessary.
Roughly chop 1 cup dried cherries.
When the granola is baked, cool slightly, then stir in cherries and pepi- tas. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month.
For the smoothie, blend together tart cherries, lemon juice, maple syrup, banana and almond milk. If necessary, add additional milk for a smoother consistency.
Serve smoothie in a bowl with cherry granola.