By Mallory Brasseale
September 14, 2012
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As I've told you before, I'm a snacker. I have an embarrassing amount of food (oatmeal, almonds, crackers, peanut butter...) stashed in my desk drawer at work and I refuse to leave the house to run errands without packing a little bag of almonds or raisins. That being said, when I was challenged to make a recipe from our brand new cookbook, MyRecipes America’s Favorite Foodthe Molasses-Almond Granola from Cooking Light was a no-brainer. Complete with oats, almonds, dried fruit, and a touch of wheat germ, this recipe not only looked delicious, but healthy, too. AKA: the perfect snack.So, here's what happened (click on any image to see the slideshow):

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All-in-all the granola took only about an hour to make from start to finish; not a bad way to spend an afternoon! With ingredients to spare, making granola from scratch is not only healthier than the packaged, store-bought stuff, it's also very cost effective. The granola lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge (although, between my husband and me, it only lasted about a week). Plus, I'm thinking little jars of granola might make a nice gift this holiday season.

Have you ever made homemade granola? What are your favorite ingredients to add?

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