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Everyday Granola

This granola is much tastier and less expensive than store-bought varieties. The baking time is worth the effort.

Health JANUARY 2005

  • Yield: 12 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)
  • Cook time: 45 Minutes
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes


  • 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


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.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 290
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 4g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbohydrate: 47g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 42mg
  • Calcium: 35mg

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