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Paradise Granola

Total Time

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

Makes

7 cups

“Even our 4-year-old, who isn’t fond of dried fruit, enjoys this granola. It’s low fat, full of fiber and just plain delicious,” says Robyn Larabee of Lucknow, Ontario.
Paradise Granola Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 3 tablespoons raisins

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the honey, oil, orange zest, vanilla and salt; pour over oat mixture and mix well. Spread evenly into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once. Cool completely on a wire rack. Stir in dried fruits. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 132 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.

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