Power Granola

I’ve recently become interested in making my own granola.  Several weeks ago I made granola bars using a recipe from Barefoot Contessa.  They were a little gooey for my taste.  Today I decided to make loose granola for snacking and eating for breakfast.  Yum!  Only one substitution.  I didn’t have any flax seed so I used wheat germ instead.  Good fiber, not overly sweet though you could cut the brown sugar some.  A little nutmeg might be good too.  Enjoy!

Good?  Yes
Easy? Yes, and quick
Good for company? Would be a great, do-ahead addition to a brunch
Special shopping? Nope, you can make whatever substitutions you want

Power Granola

2 cups regular oats
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped slivered almonds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300°.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.

Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.

Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries. Cool completely.

Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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