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Golden Granola

 Golden Granola
"This crunchy granola—which may be eaten as cereal or used to top ice cream or fruit—makes a welcome gift," says Maxine Smith of Owanka, South Dakota. She suggests packaging it in a tin or jar decked with a festive bow.
18 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins or chopped dried apricots

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a saucepan,
  • cook and stir the oil, brown sugar, honey, water and vanilla until
  • sugar is dissolved. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 275° for
  • 1 hour or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool
  • completely. Stir in raisins or apricots. Yield: 18 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 258 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 237 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.