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Ultimate Fruity Granola

Honey, maple syrup and vanilla coat this wonderfully crunchy treat that is 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
  • Makes
    9 cups

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 15x10x1-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.
Health tip: Granola typically has healthy whole grains and nuts, but added sugar and sweetened dried fruit, too. Eat this calorie-dense cereal in relatively small portion sizes.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 253 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein.

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