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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 quarts

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

  • 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 15x10x1-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.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 222 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit, 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • shawnba
    Apr 15, 2019

    This has great flavor and good crunch factor!! A wonderful addition to my morning yogurt. I will definitely make this again. VFE

  • cookbookmom
    Oct 17, 2013

    Almond flavor is great.

  • jjackson96
    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..

  • pasweet
    Dec 25, 2010

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

  • minnesotaquilter
    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!

  • FoodieWife
    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!