Cherry, Prune, and Almond Granola

This granola is deliciously chunky, chewy, and sweet. Enjoy it for breakfast with low-fat or skim milk or sprinkled on top of your favorite yogurt or cottage cheese. A handful or two is also a great mid-day pick-me-up.

Yield: 6 cups

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup whole almonds
3/4 cup prunes, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup dried tart cherries
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter (or butter substitute such as Smart Balance)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 /2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.

In a small pan over medium heat, melt honey and butter. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Pour honey-butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well coated. Spread out mixture on a large rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake for 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice, or until granola is golden brown. Cool completely.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.