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Good-Morning Granola

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

7-1/2 cups

This is ridiculously easy to make and has lots of healthy ingredients. It's a smart way to start your day or to keep yourself going. With pretty packaging, it makes a nice gift or bake sale item. —Mary Bilyeu, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Good-Morning Granola Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Reduced-fat plain yogurt, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine orange juice, honey and oil. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and mix well.
  2. Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. Stir in dried fruits. Store in an airtight container. Serve with yogurt if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 206 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.

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