Homemade granola makes not only a great breakfast but a fabulous snack, too. And you can sprinkle it on frozen yogurt or sherbet for a super-quick dessert.
- 4 cups regular oats
- ¼ cup oat bran
- ¼ cup flaxseed
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
- 1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 300ºF. Spray a cookie sheet with sides with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In large bowl, combine oats, oat bran, flaxseed, and walnuts and mix well.
In small saucepan, combine honey, sugar, orange juice, canola oil, and salt and heat over low heat until warm. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and mix well until oat mixture is coated. Spoon onto prepared cookie sheet and spread into an even layer.
Bake granola for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cinnamon, and stir in cranberries and raisins.
Cool completely, then store in airtight container at room temperature.
Serves 16; serving size ½ cup
Fat: 11.14 grams
Saturated fat: 1.03 grams
Dietary fiber: 7.01 grams
Sodium: 78.62 mg
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Flaxseed can be found in health-food stores and co-ops, as well as online. You can also find flaxseed oil at these locations, which can be used in baking and cooking. Flaxseed contains lignans, a type of soluble fiber, and alpha linolenic acids, similar to omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower total LDL cholesterol and help prevent blood platelets from sticking together.