Number of servings : Makes 10 cups/ 2.5L.
Cooking time: Ready in under 60 minutes
Type of meal : | Breakfasts/Brunches | Breakfasts/Brunches
Special diet : | Diabetes | Heart Health
1/4 cup (50mL) vegetable oil
1/2 cup (125mL) brown sugar
1/2 cup (125mL) honey
1/2 tsp (2mL) cinnamon
3 cups (750mL) rolled oats
1 cup (250mL) coarsely chopped almonds
1/4 cup (50mL) ground flax seed
1/4 cup (50mL) sunflower seeds
1 cup (250mL) dried cranberries
- Heat oil, brown sugar and honey in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir in cinnamon.
- In a large bowl combine rolled oats, almonds, flax and sunflower seeds. Add oil mixture and stir well.
- Spread in a shallow 9"x 13" (3L) baking dish lined with parchment paper. Bake 20 minutes in a preheated 350F (180C) oven. Stir in cranberries and bake 10 to 12 minutes longer until lightly browned. Mixture will firm up as it cools
- Break into chunks.
Did You Know? Cranberries can help prevent stomach ulcers.
Bonnie says: Granola is great as cereal but is also delicious on yogurt or ice cream sundaes. Keep this granola in the freezer and use as needed. It also makes great gifts when packed into cello bags and tied with raffia. To measure honey easily, measure the oil first and then the honey (in the oiled cup) and- the honey will slide right out.
Fran says: Oats, also whole grains, are a good source of soluble fibre, helpful in cholesterol and blood sugar management. They have a low glycemic index and contain B-vitamins as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium and manganese.
Almonds contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats as well as vitamin E, protein, fibre and minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. But, even though they are so nutrient dense, moderation is still important for calorie control.