Cherry Nut Granola

(15 servings)

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts (salted if you want a salty snack)
  • 1 cup plump dried cherries
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons butter - melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Cut dates into small pieces and place in a medium bowl with dried cherries. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the honey, brown sugar, peanut oil, butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Add oats, peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds, and wheat germ and stir until all ingredients are coated.

Prepare a large baking pan with parchement paper or a very light coating of cooking spray. Pour mixture onto pan, spread evenly with spatuala and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown -- stiring mix in the pan every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and immediately add dried fruit and salt. Stir well. Allow to cool before serving or storing.

This is granola deluxe. Perfect for an afternoon snack, but best in the morning with milk. Stores well for up to two weeks in zip-lock baggies.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank Jazzbo for this recipe.

Recipe number 1222. Submitted 4/5/2004.