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Healthier Honey-Baked Granola

Healthier Honey-Baked Granola

I’m elated. I can now join the poncho-wearing pack and partake in their crunchy ways. For years I suffered from granola envy but refused to eat the highly caloric, preservative-laden boxed oats and nuts. Now, thanks to this nourishing, crisp-baked homemade goodness, I've got my hemp sneakers firmly on my feet and I’m running to get a bowl of this clustered granola overflowing with golden almonds and plump dried fruit.

Bite Me Bit

Cher: Hey, granola breath, you got something on your chin.
Josh: I'm growing a goatee.



4 cups old-fashioned large flake oats (not quick cooking)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup melted butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries
½ cup raisins


1) Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2) In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, salt and cinnamon.

3) In a small bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Whisk well and pour over oat mixture. Toss to combine and spread granola on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, stir carefully and then continue to bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to a large bowl. Add dried cranberries and raisins, mixing to combine. Cool completely and store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Yield: 7 cups

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