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Homemade Cranberry-Orange Granola Recipe

Forget the store-bought cereals, once and for all, and DIY your own granola at home.
Homemade Cranberry-Orange Granola Recipe
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Cereal is forever a breakfast food staple, but oftentimes, it's high in sugar and low in the healthy stuff you should be eating that keeps you feeling full (like protein and fiber). So then you turn to granola, but most of the store-bought versions are just as bad. You might as well just eat a donut if you're going to eat that much sugar!

That's why it's better to make your own, and our homemade granola recipe is just what you've been looking for. See, our version is low in calories and sugar and even has some pumpkin pie spice mixed in for a dose of spicy flavor. No store-bought version can compete with that.

Check out our recipe for a homemade cranberry-orange granola recipe!

Nutrition: 157 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated), 44 mg sodium, 10 g sugar, 4 g protein, 4 g fiber

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
2 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup wheat flakes
1/3 cup whole bran cereal such as Grape-Nuts
1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tsp orange zest
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Fat-free milk, nonfat yogurt, or fresh fruit (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, wheat flakes, bran cereal, and pecans. In a small saucepan, stir together orange juice, maple syrup, orange zest, and pumpkin pie spice. Cook and stir just until boiling. Remove from heat. Pour over oat mixture; toss just until coated.
  3. Spread oat mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until oats are lightly browned, stirring twice. Remove from oven and stir in dried cranberries.
  4. Immediately turn out onto a large piece of foil; cool completely. Serve with milk or use to make a breakfast parfait with nonfat yogurt and fresh fruit.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Eat This Tip

Not all granolas are created equal. Many store-bought varieties are loaded with added sugars and fat. Whip up this homemade version to save calories without sacrificing flavor.

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