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Cherry Almond Granola Recipe

Cherry Almond Granola Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

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 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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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, 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.

Reviews for Cherry Almond Granola

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"Almond flavor is great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"I've made this 3 or 4 times, & we all LOVE IT!!! Excellent recipe! We just use it to snack on, but I'm sure it'd be good in milk or yogurt, too.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2010

"I made this for co-workers at Christmas time. Used dried cranberries and it was awesome!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"I love this recipe! I leave out the oil and honey, and use 2 t. cinnamon instead of the almond extract. It's delicious hot on cold mornings!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2008

"I make this recipe often. It is a family favorite. Two tips-- I always use a Silpat silicone mat or parchment paper. Also, don't bake until brown. Trust the recommended time, and check often-- the granola will burn. I know, I did that the first two times. I use dried cranberries instead of cherries and it's fantastic!"

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