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Great Granola

Granola goes glam when stowed in a see-through container decked out with tinsel. Nuts, dried fruit and more make a crunchy mix for topping oatmeal or eating by the handful. Tie on mini holiday bulbs fancied up with a metallic paint. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    7 cups


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup salted pumpkin seeds or pepitas
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces mixed dried fruit (about 1-1/3 cups)


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients; set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the honey, brown sugar, syrup, wheat germ, oil and cinnamon. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth, 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° until golden brown, stirring occasionally, 22-27 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Stir in dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 290 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • bmarana
    Jun 30, 2017

    Just made, very good! I bake/cook a lot and have made other granola's before but this was the best. I did not have wheat germ or pumpkin seeds so I just added more sunflower seeds and oatmeal. Can't wait to have on vanilla yogurt with fruit for brkfast.

  • Mo-ster
    Apr 7, 2012

    Fantastic recipe and easy to make. Everytime I make it for someone who has not tasted it before, they want the recipe. The ingredients can be pricey, but if bought in bulk can make a lot! Make this recipe all the time!

  • misscleocat
    Jan 29, 2012

    I make several food baskets to give at Christmas time and included this granola this past Christmas. EVERYONE absolutely loved this granola and asked for, not only the recipe, but for me to make more for them!!! For the dried fruits, I used bulk instead of buying the packaged mix. I used dried cranberries, strawberries, blueberrys & bananas. The fruit was the only deviation from the original recipe.

  • shell.a
    Dec 3, 2011

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