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Paradise Granola Recipe

Paradise Granola Recipe

“Even our 4-year-old, who isn’t fond of dried fruit, enjoys this granola. It’s low fat, full of fiber and just plain delicious,” says Robyn Larabee of Lucknow, Ontario.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:28 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 3 tablespoons raisins

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the honey, oil, orange peel, vanilla and salt; pour over oat mixture and mix well. Spread evenly into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once. Cool completely on a wire rack. Stir in dried fruits. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 7 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup equals 132 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 57 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.