Rating: 4.49 stars
37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This easy and delicious granola is better than store bought, and the cranberries add a sweet surprise.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1.5 quarts
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the oats, wheat germ, walnuts, almonds, and dried cranberries. In a separate bowl, mix together the oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Drizzle over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat evenly. Spread the mixture out in a thin layer on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring every 10 minutes to toast evenly. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Granola will become crunchier as it cools.

Nutrition Facts

414 calories; protein 9g; carbohydrates 65.1g; fat 15.5g; sodium 5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (37)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2012
I only made one change in the recipe's ingredients--I used chopped pecans in place of the walnuts. I mixed everything together BUT the cranberries. I baked my granola at 250 for an hour stirring every 15 minutes. When the granola was crisp I took it out let it cool and then stirred in the cranberries (The reason I did this was because I've never had luck cooking the raisins/cranberries with the granola. For some reason they always turn out burned. Now I just add them after baking). The combination of ingredients in this granola were fantastic--very VERY good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2010
Flavor was good but DO NOT put cranberries in before you cook. They turn out dry and hard. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2012
I only made one change in the recipe's ingredients--I used chopped pecans in place of the walnuts. I mixed everything together BUT the cranberries. I baked my granola at 250 for an hour stirring every 15 minutes. When the granola was crisp I took it out let it cool and then stirred in the cranberries (The reason I did this was because I've never had luck cooking the raisins/cranberries with the granola. For some reason they always turn out burned. Now I just add them after baking). The combination of ingredients in this granola were fantastic--very VERY good. Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2005
Fun & easy to make. I've made this a few times already & usually add raisins. Great for healthy snack or homemade cereal. I suggest after baking you spread it on wax paper to allow it to cool & get crunchy. It might stick on pan as it hardens. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2008
This recipe was a really good starting point. Instead of rolled oats I used Red Mill 5 grain rolled whole grains. I substituted applesauce for the oil and blackstrap molasses for the honey. I also added a mixture of 1 tablespoon flaxseed (ground) and 3 tablespoons of water which acts like an egg to bind the ingredients. I did not have any cranberries so I used raisins and for the nuts i used a mix of almonds pistachios and walnuts. I also added a sprinkle of nutmeg. Delicious nutritious and highly recommended! I will definitely be making this regularly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2004
This was a very easy granola recipe and it tastes better than any granola I have purchased! I added sunflower seeds since I had some on hand. YUMMY! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2008
I love this granola. I didn't have wheat germ so I ground up some flax seed in my coffee grinder great replacement and very good for you too. I also cooked it in a 9x13 baking dish with higher sides so it was easier to stir with less chance of spilling. I do think this added some cook time because it wasn't all in a thin layer but all in all I think I added about 15 extra minutes. A definate staple recipe in my house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2007
I wasn't going to make this because I didn't think there was any way it could be that much better than store-bought granola to make it worth the extra effort. Even right after making it I was not impressed. But it is really delicious better than store-bought granola not to mention the fact that I know exactly what went into it and can always adjust the ingredients as I see fit. Not that I think I will make any adjustments as it was pretty perfect as it is. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2010
Flavor was good but DO NOT put cranberries in before you cook. They turn out dry and hard. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2007
This was good! I only used about a cup of honey and it was sweet enough for me. If you like bigger clumps of granola try pressing it down into the pan before you bake it and don't stir it while it's cooking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2011
I love homemade granola ....and this recipe is so good. I had no wheat germ left so I subbed with ground flax seed....also subbed the walnuts for shredded coconut. Used sliced almonds instead of chopped. Decreased the honey to 1/2c and only used 2tblspns of olive oil, 2tsps of vanilla and 2tspns of cinnamon. I added the dried cranberries after the granola is cooked. I folded them into the hot granola and let everything cool on my cookie sheet. Thanks for a tasty granola! Read More
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