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Everyday Granola

Leigh Beisch
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 45 mins
Yield 12 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)
This granola is much tastier and less expensive than store-bought varieties. The baking time is worth the effort.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 cups regular oats
  • 2 cups whole-wheat toasted oat cereal (such as Cheerios)
  • 2 cups sweetened puffed wheat cereal (such as Kellogg's Smacks)
  • 1 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 cup nutlike cereal nuggets (such as Grape-Nuts)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsalted soy nuts
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seed kernels
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (6-ounce) package dried cherries
  • 2 (4-ounce) packages dried blueberries

Nutrition Information

  • calories 290
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 4 g
  • polyfat 4 g
  • protein 6 g
  • carbohydrate 47 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 42 mg
  • calcium 35 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300°.

  2. Heat juice and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until dissolved; set aside.

  3. Combine oats and next 10 ingredients (through sunflower seed kernels) in a large bowl.

  4. Pour juice mixture over oat mixture; toss.

  5. Divide mixture in half; spread evenly over 2 baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 45 minutes or until dry and crispy, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely; stir in dried fruit. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Cook's Notes

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