This is ridiculously easy to make and has lots of healthy ingredients. It's a great way to start your day or to keep you going. With pretty packaging, it makes a nice gift or bake sale item. —Mary Bilyeu, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Reduced-fat plain yogurt, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine orange juice, honey and oil. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and mix well.
- Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Stir in dried fruits. Store in an airtight container. Serve with yogurt if desired. Yield: 7-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Good-Morning Granola in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p47
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