Ingredients

  • 5 Cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 Cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 Cup mixed nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds etc)
  • 11/2 Cups sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/2 Cup sunflower seeds
  • 13/4 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 Cup dried apricots, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup California golden raisins
  • 1/4 Cup dried apples, sliced
  • 13/4 Cups California raisins
  • 1/4 Cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 Cup dried strawberries, sliced
  • Cooking spray

Procedure

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the grains, nuts, coconut, sunflower seeds and spices. Drizzle in the honey and work in the melted butter. Divide the mixture equally between the 2 cookie sheets and spread it across the sheets.

Bake the granola until crisp and deep brown, being careful not to burn it. Break up the pieces and turn the mixture over to finish cooking; bake another 5 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and crumble the pieces into a large bowl. Cool the granola completely and then add the fruit.

Serve with milk or yogurt. Store in a paper bag in a dry place. Do not refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 300 (Calories from Fat 38%); Total Fat 12 ( Saturated Fat 6; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 15; Sodium 105; Potassium 138; Total Carbohydrate 41; Dietary Fiber 5; Sugars 13; Protein 6; Calcium 33; Iron 2;

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Raisins are excellent food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
- James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.