Health

Everyday Granola

granola Photo: Tina Rupp

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (6-ounce) package dried cherries
  • 2 (4-ounce) packages dried blueberries

Preparation


1. Preheat oven to 300°.

2. Heat juice and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until dissolved; set aside.

3. Combine oats and next 10 ingredients (through sunflower seed kernels) in a large bowl.

4. Pour juice mixture over oat mixture; toss.

5. 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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  • This granola is much tastier and less expensive than store-bought varieties. The baking time is worth the effort.
  • Yield: 12 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 290
Fat per serving: 10g
Saturated fat per serving: 1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 4g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 4g
Protein per serving: 6g
Carbohydrate per serving: 47g
Fiber per serving: 5g
Cholesterol per serving: 0.0mg
Iron per serving: 3mg
Sodium per serving: 42mg
Calcium per serving: 35mg

Good to Know

Make homemade granola and save on the costs of expensive store brands. You can pick and choose what to add—dried fruit, nuts, chocolate. Granola is a great source of fiber and healthy, unsaturated fats. Add milk or yogurt for a meal, or carry it around for a healthy on-the-go snack.