Fruity Granola

If you’re looking for a quick recipe this weekend to make your house smell amazing and that you can snack on all week, I have just the thing for you.  This granola is based on Ina Garten’s recipe which you can find here.  You might remember in March Cameron posted a granola recipe she had adapted from Ina as well – also delicious.

The recipe has quite a few ingredients but it makes a good amount and you can sub in nuts or fruits you like.  I like to eat it plain, with milk, or over yogurt and berries.  It is worth making yourself – will taste so much better than anything you can buy and won’t be loaded with preservatives or weird flavorings.

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What to buy:

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups sliced pecans
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups small diced dried pineapple
  • 1 cup small diced dried mangos
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt

What to do:

  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • mix the oats, wheat germ, coconut, pecans and spices together in a large bowl
  • whisk the oil, honey and vanilla together in a separate bowl, and pour over the oat mixture
  • stir until everything is nicely coated
  • pour onto a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment
  • bake until it’s an even, golden brown, about 35-40 minutes-check often so you don’t burn it!
  • stir once halfway through
  • remove it from the oven and give it a good stir so it won’t stick as it cools
  • pour into a bowl, add the dried fruit, mix it up nicely, and store in an airtight container

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