Good-Morning Granola Recipe
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Good-Morning Granola Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup (calculated without yogurt) equals 206 calories, 4 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 21 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit 1/2 fat.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"My 7 year old saw this recipe and asked me to make it. :) It's an easy, tasty treat....great as a snack, dessert, or breakfast meal by itself or over yogurt, with milk, or made into a fruit parfait. I made as directed, only adding a bit more cinnamon and some nutmeg to the original recipe. That all said, I thought to myself when I make this again I'd add coconut, maybe some chocolate chips, different kinds of dried fruit, etc. It's a good base recipe (hence the 5 stars, because it's so easy to alter) and I'm sure to make again, but it didn't knock our socks off as written."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"So easy to make and very delicious. Tried it with all kinds of dried fruit and even gave some away for Christmas presents. This makes granola an affordable breakfast, and it is so healthy!"

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"LOVE THIS! And its so easy to make. I used pomegranate-infused cranberries in the last batch and it came out tasting different, but equally as yummy!"

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"I am making my 4th double batch right now. I love this stuff for breakfast. Best healthy granola recipe I have found. I love it!"

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"I love the healthy ingredients in this recipe but it didn't turn out as I thouhgt it would. When I think of granola I think of crunchy yummy clusters. There were very few clusters in this and I felt like I was eating flavorful oatmeal that hadn't yet been cooked. I added flaxseed to the recipe and used raisins instead of dried cranberries and cherries. I also added mini semi sweet chocolate chips to make the granola somewhat sweeter. This will definitely be something I will add to my yogurt or cereal but didn't turn out to be the snack I'd eat by itself like I was hoping for."

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