Enjoy this whole grain crunchy snack sprinkled over ice cream, pancakes, or yogurt.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups uncooked regular oats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup whole natural almonds
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup flax seeds
Butter-flavored cooking spray
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup dried cranberries or blueberries
1 cup chopped dried apricots
3/4 cup dried organic coconut flakes
How to Make It
Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in orange rind, cinnamon, and vanilla.
While syrup cooks, toss together oats and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl until blended. Pour syrup over oat mixture, and stir until coated. Using hands coated with butter-flavored cooking spray, very firmly press oat mixture into a large lightly greased rimmed baking sheet.
Bake at 275° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toasted and browned (do not stir). Let cool completely in pan.
Toss together cherries and next 3 ingredients in large bowl. When granola is cool, break apart into chunks, and gently stir into dried fruit and coconut. Store granola in airtight jars up to 5 days.
Christmas with Southern Living 2008
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I was excited to try this recipe but instead of crunchy I got soft granola. I have never made granola before so I have no idea what went wrong! I will try and make again, hopefully with better results.
Finally found a good recipe for crunchy granola! I cut the butter in half and added 1/4 cup of NF plain yogurt to cut the fat content. I also cut the honey and brown sugar in half, per my personal preference. Great base recipe and easy to make your own modifications. Will make again!
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