Almond Granola with Golden Raisins

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/4 teaspoons sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup whole natural almonds
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup golden raisins

METHOD:

Heat oven 350 F. Coat baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.

In heavy, 3-quart saucepan over low heat, mix sugar, honey, sesame oil, cinnamon, vanilla and almond extract. Stir and cook just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

Mix in oats and sesame seeds to coat completely. Spread evenly on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Stir, then sprinkle whole and sliced almonds on top. Bake 10 minutes to toast almonds.

Cool in pan, then mix with cranberries and raisins in large bowl. Store airtight.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Top with creamy yogurt instead of milk.
  • Top with your favorite fresh fruit.
  • Make a quick cobbler by topping fresh fruit with granola and baking.

YIELD: Approximately 9 servings

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