This mixture of barley and oats with nuts and raisins will keep you going all morning. Walnuts provide omega-3 fatty acids, but pecans also work nicely in this high-fiber cereal. Serve with yogurt or milk, and top with fresh fruit.
Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.
Combine oats, barley, walnuts, wheat germ, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add syrup mixture; stir well to coat. Spread oat mixture evenly onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until browned, stirring every 10 minutes. Stir in dried fruit. Cool completely.
Note: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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I looked at 3 different markets and couldn't find quick cooking barley so substituted some quick cooking bulgar instead. I also added about a half teaspoon of kosher salt to the mix. It is pretty good but not nearly as good as Cooking Light's Molasses-Almond Granola from October 2009 which is fantastic.
This is a good basic recipe. Just a note to other reviewers-you may find quick cooking barley in health food stores. For some reason, this item has become very scarce in my area (Long Island, NY) at local supermarkets.
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