February 2, 2009

Maple-Almond Granola

3 cups old-fashioned oats (9 ounces)
1 cup sliced almonds with skin (1/4 pound)
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried pears, finely chopped

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 walnuts in a large bowl. Heat oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan over low heat 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.

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