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Good-Morning Granola

 Good-Morning Granola
“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
15 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; set aside. In a
  • small saucepan, combine the orange juice, honey and oil. Bring to a
  • boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  • Pour over oat mixture and mix well.
  • Transfer to a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking
  • spray. Bake at 350° for 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.

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Good-Morning Granola (continued)

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.