Better Budgeting: Cranberry Raisin Granola Recipe

Cranberry Raisin Granola Recipe

Readers' Recipes (featured column)
submitted by Monica Lodise

This is my favorite granola recipe and it's from the American Institute for Cancer Research. It's the syrup-honey mixture that makes it. Try experimenting with your own fruit and nut combinations (dried apples are great!) and leave out the ingredients you don't like. I like my granola a little less sweet, so I double the dry ingredients without doubling the syrup-honey mixture.

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Ingredients:

3 c. old fashioned oats
1/3 c. sliced almonds
1/3 c. sunflower seeds
2 T. flax or sesame seeds
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. honey
2 tsp. canola oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. dried raisins
1/2 c. chopped, pitted dates

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats, nuts and seeds in large bowl. In small saucepan, heat maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon and vanilla until mixture is warm, 2-3 minutes. Stir, then pour over oat mixture. Stir with rubber spatula until evenly coated. Coat large cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray. Spread granola to cover pan in even layer. Bake 5 minutes, remove from oven and stir. Repeat every 5 minutes until oats are lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Cool granola in pan. It will get crisp. Store in airtight container 1-2 weeks.

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