I found this recipe in the BH&G New Dieters Cookbook. I made it exactly as directed and it is pretty good. I like the dried apple flavor. It does not taste anything like the Quaker Natural Granola that I buy, but it is nice and easy and especially tasty with yogurt and fruit. Most importantly, the kids gave me their approval!!! I did not stir it quite enough towards the end, so the edges browned a little more than I would have liked. It probably needs about 4-5 times being flipped around in the pan to prevent over cooking in one area.
3 C regular rolled oats
1 C coarsely shredded unpeeled apple (I used golden delicious)
1/2 C toasted wheat germ
1/4 C honey
1/4 C water
1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 t vanilla or 1/2 t almond extract
In a large bowl combine oats, apple and wheat germ; mix well.
In a small saucepan stir together honey, water and cinnamon. Heat to boiling; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla or almond extract. Pour over oat mixture: mix well.
Spray a 15x10x1 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread oat mixture evenly in pan. Bake in a 325 degree oven about 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally 4-5x's. Remove from oven to cool completely (it suggests spreading on aluminum foil, though I left it on the tray to cool) To store, place cooled granola in a n airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Serve with milk or yogurt and fruit.
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