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Wholesome Granola

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Flaxseed is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain development and heart health. Serve in a bowl with milk, as a topping for yogurt or oatmeal, or as a snack by itself.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped slivered almonds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Nutrition Information

  • calories 243
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 8.5 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • monofat 2.7 g
  • polyfat 4.3 g
  • protein 5.1 g
  • carbohydrate 40.5 g
  • fiber 4.5 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 3 mg
  • calcium 35 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300°.

  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.

  3. Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.

  4. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a foil-lined jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir. Bake an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in raisins. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

  5. Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

  6. Nutrition note: Old-Fashioned vs. Instant Oats Old-fashioned rolled oats is what most of us know as oatmeal. It's made from whole groats that have been steamed and flattened by large rollers. They cook in about 5 minutes. Instant oats are regular rolled oats that have been flattened even more, then cooked and dried. Instant oats are not the same as the sugary pulverized oats in individual packets.

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  8. Young Chefs can:

  9. Measure nuts and raisins

  10. Combine dry ingredients

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  12. Older Chefs can:

  13. Line pan with foil

  14. Combine ingredients in saucepan

  15. Stir in raisins