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Ultimate Fruity Granola Recipe

Ultimate Fruity Granola Recipe

Honey, maple syrup and vanilla coat this wonderfully crunchy treat that's fantastic no matter how you serve it—on its own, with cold milk, or in a yogurt parfait. —Sarah C. Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings

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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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 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.