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Cherry Almond Granola

 Cherry Almond Granola
Skim milk turns this crunchy snack into a healthy breakfast cereal, while a dollop of low-fat yogurt makes it a delicious dessert. Try adding a little baking cocoa to the brown sugar for a flavor twist. —Deborah Purdue of Freeland, Michigan.
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup thawed unsweetened apple juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 6 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • Fat-free vanilla yogurt, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, milk powder, honey,
  • apple juice concentrate and oil. Cook and stir over medium heat
  • until sugar is dissolved; stir in extract. In a large bowl, combine
  • the oats, cherries and almonds. Drizzle with sugar mixture and mix
  • well.
  • Spread in a thin layer in two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans
  • coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or
  • until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Serve
  • with yogurt if desired. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3
  • quarts.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1/2 cup granola) equals 222 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit, 1 starch, 1 fat.