Honey Almond Granola

I've wanted to try making my own granola for quite some time now, and today was the day! I couldn't find dried pears, so I used some golden raisins. We liked this, but I'm not sure that I think sesame seeds work in granola. I definitely want to make homemade granola again, but I won't use this recipe. Does anyone have an awesome granola recipe they'd like to share?

Honey Almond Granola
Gourmet December 2008

3 cups old-fashioned oats (9 ounces)
1 cup sliced almonds with skin (1/4 pound)
¼ cup sesame seeds
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 tablespoons mild honey
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ cup dried apricots, finely chopped
½ cup dried pears, finely chopped

Accompaniments: Greek-style yogurt

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Oil a 4-sided sheet pan or line with parchment paper.

Stir together oats, almonds, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Heat oil, honey, cardamom, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan over low heat (or in a microwave) until heated through. Stir into oat mixture.

Spread evenly in sheet pan and bake, stirring once, until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool granola completely in pan (it will crisp as it cools), then stir in fruit.

Cooks’ note:
Granola keeps, frozen in an airtight container, up to 1 month.

MacGourmet Rating: 3 Stars

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