Greatest Granola Recipe
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Greatest Granola Recipe

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After clipping granola recipes for years, Jonie Daigle in Greensburg, Pennsylvania chose her favorite ingredients from each one, added a few of her own and came up with this tasty version she calls “the greatest”! You’re sure to agree. JONIE’S TIP: “Try different combinations of dried fruit, nuts and flavored yogurt for a variety of interesting blends.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup Grape-Nuts
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • Yogurt flavor of your choice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 415 calories, 15g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, Grape-Nuts and almonds. Spread onto a greased, foil-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Coat mixture with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 300° for 20 minutes, stirring once.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the honey, oil and brown sugar. Cook and stir over low heat until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Stir cereal and wheat germ into oat mixture. Drizzle with honey mixture; stir to coat. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Break granola into pieces. Sprinkle with apricots and cranberries and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Serve with yogurt if desired. Yield: about 8 cups.
Originally published as Greatest Granola in Simple & Delicious September/October 2007, p46

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Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 96886
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"Great recipe, wonderful for granola and yogurt parfaits. I had a tropical fruit-only trail mix that I used instead of the cranberries and apricots. Easy to make and tastes delicious! Also very adaptable depending on the fruit and nuts you have on hand."

zmarie User ID: 1401063 164685
Reviewed May. 10, 2012

"This is my favorite granola recipe! I typically double up on the liquid mixture to generously coat the dry ingredients."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 96885
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"This recipe is delicious and very, very easy to make. It tastes so good, my family makes it for morning meals on a regular basis. It's a keeper, for sure."

hahymen User ID: 3888769 165087
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2009

"WOW! This is the GREATEST!! Not only do we put it with our yogurt, we also snack on it all the time...Thanks"

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