This granola is much tastier and less expensive than store-bought varieties. The baking time is worth the effort.
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
1 (6-ounce) package dried cherries
2 (4-ounce) packages dried blueberries
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 300°.
Heat juice and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until dissolved; set aside.
Combine oats and next 10 ingredients (through sunflower seed kernels) in a large bowl.
Pour juice mixture over oat mixture; toss.
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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