Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
24 servings (serving size: 1/3 cup)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 2

Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Note: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

just ok

September 23, 2016
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.

whiterosecute's Review

October 15, 2013

seaside725's Review

Chef Lulu
June 14, 2012
I also used grape nuts in place of the barley. We put this on top of hot cereal/oatmeal and it was yummy.

anmarit's Review

March 25, 2012
I love this granola....I've never been able to find the barley, so I substitute grape nuts. Yummy!

chulaXXX's Review

August 24, 2011
Tasted great!

grogers's Review

May 19, 2011
Do you need to cook the mix or does baking take care of that? It seems like dry cereal, straight from the oven and not oatmeal!

Chef Lulu's Review

November 11, 2009
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.