Toasted Granola

  • 3 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. wheat germ
  • 1/2 c. chopped almonds
  • 1/3 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 c. orange juice
  • 1/3 c. maple syrup
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 c. chopped dried fruit

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, wheat germ, almonds, walnuts and cinnamon. Mix to combine. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice, maple syrup and butter. Heat over medium heat -- stirring constantly -- until the butter melts. Do not allow the mixture to boil -- reduce or remove from the heat if necessary.

Pour the orange juice mixture over the oat mixture and toss to coat evenly. Spread the mixture into an even layer on a large baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes -- mixing thoroughly after every 5 minutes. Cool the granola completely and add the dried fruit. Mix to combine and store tightly sealed in a cool, dry place. The granola will store for about 2 weeks on the pantry shelf and 6 weeks in the refrigerator.

  • Yields: about 6 cups
  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes
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