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Ultimate Fruity Granola

 Ultimate Fruity Granola
Honey, maple syrup and vanilla coat this wonderfully crunchy treat that's fantastic no matter how you serve it—alone, with cold milk or in a yogurt parfait. —Sarah C. Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire
18 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 5 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried banana chips
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, halved

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, sunflower kernels and
  • flax. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup,
  • honey, oil, salt and cinnamon. Cook and stir over medium heat for
  • 2-3 minutes or until brown sugar is dissolved and mixture is heated
  • through. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over oat
  • mixture and toss to coat.
  • 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 8 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Stir in

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Ultimate Fruity Granola (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • dried fruits. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 9 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cup equals 253 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 86 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.