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Good-Morning Granola

This is ridiculously easy to make and has lots of healthy ingredients. It's a smart way to start your day or to keep yourself going. With pretty packaging, it makes a nice gift or bake sale item. —Mary Bilyeu, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    7-1/2 cups


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine orange juice, honey and oil. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and mix well.
  • Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 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.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 206 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.

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  • xxcskier
    Dec 16, 2020

    Easy and delicious. We love the dried cherries in this!

  • Rosey
    Dec 1, 2019

    So delicious! I swap maple syrup for honey

  • JGa2595176
    Feb 28, 2015

    My 7 year old saw this recipe and asked me to make it. :) It's an easy, tasty treat....great as a snack, dessert, or breakfast meal by itself or over yogurt, with milk, or made into a fruit parfait. I made as directed, only adding a bit more cinnamon and some nutmeg to the original recipe. That all said, I thought to myself when I make this again I'd add coconut, maybe some chocolate chips, different kinds of dried fruit, etc. It's a good base recipe (hence the 5 stars, because it's so easy to alter) and I'm sure to make again, but it didn't knock our socks off as written.

  • Tedandjulie02
    Feb 5, 2013

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    Dec 14, 2012

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    Oct 4, 2012

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  • brookehillam
    Dec 18, 2011

    So easy to make and very delicious. Tried it with all kinds of dried fruit and even gave some away for Christmas presents. This makes granola an affordable breakfast, and it is so healthy!

  • tsflower
    Sep 28, 2010

    LOVE THIS! And its so easy to make. I used pomegranate-infused cranberries in the last batch and it came out tasting different, but equally as yummy!

  • jmdale
    Aug 5, 2010

    I am making my 4th double batch right now. I love this stuff for breakfast. Best healthy granola recipe I have found. I love it!

  • hgergen
    Jun 10, 2010

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