Fruit and Nut Granola

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In addition to bread (or rolls), the other thing that I make every week is granola. Cereal, and especially granola, always seems so overpriced at the grocery store. I tried several recipes until I finally settled on one from Cooking Light. This recipe is very forgiving. I frequently substitute ingredients, choosing whichever dried fruit that I have on hand. I sometimes substitute wheat or oat bran for the the wheat germ, and I use a nut oil in place of the vegetable oil. I also don’t use the sesame seeds, I don’t know why other than sesame seeds sounded strange in granola. What I really like is the combination of honey and orange juice as the liquid, with very little oil. Most granola recipes call for anywhere from 1/4 to 2/3 cup of oil. I’ve found that if you heat the honey for about 30-45 seconds in the microwave, it pours and mixes better with the dry ingredients.

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Fruit-and-Nut Granola
from Cooking Light March 2001

4 cups regular oats
1/2 cup toasted or honey-crunch wheat germ
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup sunflower seed kernels
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray
1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the honey and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat, and cook 4 minutes or until warm. Add the oil and vanilla; stir with a whisk. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, and toss well.

Spread oat mixture onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; stir. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until crisp. Cool in pan. Place oat mixture in a large bowl; stir in dried fruits.

Yield: 8 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)

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Like I said, this is my favorite granola recipe. I always keep the ratio of oats to liquid the same, but experiment with everything else. Also, I don’t stir it, the outside edges of the pan get a little browner than the middle, but it’s no big deal, and I like just placing it in the oven and forgetting about it for 25 minutes.

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  1. says

    It has been a while since I have had granola. It looks really good! I really like the sound of the honey, orange and cinnamon. It must smell really good while baking.

  2. says

    Maybe it is just me but my brain totally goes to Fruit and Nut chocolate bars from reading this title. I guess it would stop being a regular granola though woudln’t it?
    Beautiful pictures.

  3. says

    Tried the granola. Burned it a bit. Eating it anyway and will try again. Also, we were missing one or two ingredients and have since found them. So we want to give it another shot.

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