If you've never made your own granola, you'll be amazed at the difference in freshness and flavor--and at how easy it is. Use this recipe as a starting point for your own creativity: substitute dried blueberries or chopped dried apricots for the cranberries, or walnuts or hazelnuts for the almonds.
Servings: 9 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs
2/3 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate , thawed
1/3 cup almond oil, or canola oil
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
5 cups rolled oats, (not quick-cooking)
1 cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped (4 1/2 ounces)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, (2 ounces)
1 cup dried cranberries, divided
Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with sides with cooking spray.
Whisk apple juice concentrate, maple syrup, oil and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and salt.
Mix oats, wheat germ, almonds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Stir in the juice mixture; toss to coat. Spread the granola evenly on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake the granola for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Reverse sheets top to bottom and back to front. Continue baking until lightly browned and aromatic, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes more. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks; stir 1/2 cup dried cranberries into the granola on each sheet. Let cool completely.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Store granola in airtight containers for up to 2 months.
Per serving: Calories 262, Total Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 6 g, Sodium 67 mg, Carbohydrate 37 g, Fiber 5 g, Protein 7 g, Potassium 229 mg. Exchanges: Starch 1, Other Carbohydrate 1.5, Fat 1.5. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet