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Pistachio Granola

 Pistachio Granola
After a search for the perfect granola, I found this recipe and tweaked it just a little for my taste. Enjoy it as a crunchy topping on your yogurt or give it away as a thoughtful homemade gift. —Candy Summerhill, Alexander, Arkansas
12 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Cheerios
  • 2/3 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels

Directions

  • In a large skillet, toast oats over medium heat until golden brown.
  • Remove and set aside. In the same skillet, cook and stir brown sugar
  • and apple cider over medium-low heat until brown sugar is dissolved,
  • about 1-2 minutes. Add cinnamon and salt; stir to combine.
  • Stir in the cereal, pistachios, fruits, sunflower kernels and
  • reserved oats until coated. Cool. Store in an airtight container.
  • Yield: 6 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cup equals 233 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein.