Recipes and Cooking Crunchy Granola There are plenty of variations to this healthy breakfast recipe to accommodate all taste buds. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on December 1, 2014 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Blaine Moats Prep Time: 20 mins Bake Time: 20 mins Cool Time: 15 mins Total Time: 55 mins Servings: 13 Yield: 6 1/2 cups Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 2 ½ cup regular rolled oats ⅔ cup chopped Nuts 2 tablespoon Seeds ¼ cup butter ¼ cup packed brown sugar ¼ cup Liquid Sweetener (see below) Flavoring (see below) ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup toasted wheat germ ¼ cup oat bran ½ cup Dried Fruit Fat-free milk or yogurt (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Coat foil with nonstick cooking spray. Add oats, Nuts, and Seeds; spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring twice. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, and Liquid Sweetener. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and mixture is combined. Remove from heat. Stir in Flavoring and salt. Remove pan from the oven; place on a wire rack. Increase oven temperature to 350° F. Add wheat germ and oat bran to the oat mixture. Pour warm brown sugar mixture over oat mixture. Using a fork or spatula, stir the oat mixture until it is thoroughly coated with brown sugar mixture. Bake for 5 minutes more. Remove pan from oven; place on wire rack. With a spatula, firmly press down the granola in the pan, making an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes more or until golden brown. Remove pan from oven and place on wire rack. Let cool for 15 minutes. Use the edges of the foil to lift the granola from pan. Crumble granola, leaving some of the granola in larger chunks. Cool completely. Stir in Dried Fruit. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. For breakfast, if desired, serve granola with milk or yogurt. Nuts (pick one or more) almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, pistachio nuts Seeds (pick one) raw sunflower kernels, flaxseeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) use 1/4 cup Liquid Sweetener agave nectar, 2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, maple syrup, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 2 tablespoons mild-flavor molasses Flavoring (pick one or two) 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger Dried Fruit (pick one) cranberries or cherries (snipped), apricots (snipped), raisins, blueberries, apples or pears (snipped) Favorite Varation 1 walnuts, chia seeds, maple syrup and mild molasses, ginger, and dried apples Favorite Variation 2 pistachios, sesame seeds, agave nectar, orange peel, and dried blueberries Favorite Variation 3 almonds, flaxseeds, maple syrup, vanilla, and dried cherries Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 216 Calories 10g Fat 29g Carbs 5g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 13 Calories 216 % Daily Value * Total Fat 10g 13% Saturated Fat 3g 15% Cholesterol 9mg 3% Sodium 131mg 6% Total Carbohydrate 29g 11% Total Sugars 14g Protein 5g Vitamin C 0.5mg 3% Calcium 18mg 1% Iron 1.7mg 9% Potassium 146mg 3% Folate, total 23.9mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.