Cherry Almond Granola

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom

Ingredients

4 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
2 cups of almonds sliced
1/4 cup of sesame seeds
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon of ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1/4 cup of honey
1/3 cup of canola oil
3/4 teaspoon of almond extract
2/3 cup of dried tart cherries
1/3 cup of dried cranberries

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300° F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray (do not spray if you are using a nonstick baking sheet).
  2. Combine the oats, almonds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt in a large bowl. Combine the maple syrup, honey, oil, and almond extract in a separate bowl. Add maple syrup mixture to oat mixture and stir well to combine. Spread mixture in an even layer on a nonstick baking sheet. (If you do not have non-stick, coat the pan with cooking spray before using).
  3. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until the mixture is lightly browned, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir in the cherries and cranberries. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.