Sesame, Almond, and Cherry Granola

Sesame, Almond, and Cherry Granola Recipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Kevin Crafts


The first time we tried Marge Granola--a small-batch variety made in Seattle--we knew we were in it for more than a handful. Its creator, Megan Gordon, shares her secrets in her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings (Ten Speed Press, 2013; $22). We played with her method to create this deeply toasted, crunchy Test Kitchen blend.
Makes 8 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)


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3 cups regular (not quick-cooking or instant) rolled oats
3/4 cup raw sesame seeds
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped dried tart cherries


Total: 35 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine oats, sesame seeds, almonds, salt, and spices. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, honey, and vanilla. Add oil mixture to oat mixture and stir to combine well. Spread mixture evenly in lined pan.

3. Bake granola, stirring every 10 minutes, until light brown and fragrant, 30 to 35 minutes total. Let cool in the pan, then stir in cherries.

Make ahead: Up to 3 weeks, stored airtight.

Created date

April 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 239
Caloriesfromfat 49 %
Protein 4.5 g
Fat 13 g
Satfat 1.3 g
Carbohydrate 27 g
Fiber 4.9 g
Sodium 108 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg