Why settle for boxed cereals that are more fluff and sugar than substance. This recipe is loaded with an incredible range of tasty and nutritious ingredients. In fact it tastes so good your family won’t even mind the fact it is good for them.
- 3 C. regular oats
- 2 C. sweetened puffed wheat cereal (Smacks)
- 2 C. whole-wheat toasted oat cereal (Cheerios)
- 1 C. uncooked quick-cooking barley
- 1 C. toasted wheat germ
- 1 C. brown sugar
- 1 C. orange juice
- 1/2 C. honey
- 1/2 C. coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1/2 C. nutlike cereal nuggets (Grape-Nuts)
- 1/2 C. unsalted soy nuts
- 1/2 C. chopped pecans
- 1/3 C. canola oil
- 1/4 C. unsalted sunflower seed kernels
- 1/4 C. flaxseed
- 2 (4-ounce) pkgs. dried blueberries
- 1 (6-ounce) pkgs. dried cherries
- 1 can cooking spray
- Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium saucepan heat orange juice, brown sugar, canola oil, and honey, stirring continuously until the sugar is dissolved.
- Combine oats, cereals, wheat germ, barley, all nuts, flaxseed, and sunflower seed kernels in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the heated juice mixture over the dry mix and toss thoroughly.
- Lightly coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray.
- Split the granola mix into halves and spread evenly onto both baking sheets.
- Bake sheets at 300 degrees for approximately 45 minutes or until they appear to be dry and crispy.
- Allow the granola to cool completely and then mix in the dried fruit.
- You can store your healthy, fresh made granola in an airtight container for up to a week.