Recipe: Granola / Pantry Staple

Granola

Recipe by agirlsjournalCourse: Pantry StapleCuisine: Breakfast CerealDifficulty: Easy
Servings

7

cups
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Eat granola with milk for breakfast, sprinkle it on fruit, yogurt or ice cream; incorporate it into crumble toppings for cobblers, crush it to make crusts for pies or cheesecakes – or just grab a handful for a healthy snack.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats.

  • 1 cup natural wheat and barley cereal

  • 1 cup sliced unblanched almonds.

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar.

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed.

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted.

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 Tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Grated zest of 1 orange

  • 1 cup dried pitted cherries.

  • 1 cup light seedless raisins

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly coat a 15 x 10-inch jellyroll pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, cereal, almonds, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the apple juice concentrate, water, butter, oil, honey, vanilla, and the orange zest. Pour the juice mixture over the oat mixture and toss until all the ingredients are well combined. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan.
  • Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until golden and slightly crunchy, about 1 hour.
  • Remove the pan to a rack to cool completely, about 1 hour. When cooled, stir in the cherries and raisins. Store in an airtight container.

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