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Bake your own granola to cut the sugar and keep the good calories.

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If one of your new year’s resolutions is to make healthier food choices, consider making your own granola. Many of the packaged mixes are loaded with sugar, fat, and calories. A single cup can have as much as 600 calories! Of course, you want to read labels, and if you find that sugar is listed within the first three ingredients, this granola will not help you with your resolution. Making your own granola will help you to cut the calories and add just what you like into the recipe.

Ina Garten’s Cherry, Almond, and Cinnamon Granola takes only 10 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to bake. Light on time and high on good, healthy calories.

Cherry, Almond, and Cinnamon Granola

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 ½ cups dried cherries, chopped
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup good honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Toss the oats, coconut, almonds, and cherries together in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the vegetable oil and honey over the oat mixture.
  4. Add the cinnamon, and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated with the liquids.
  5. Pour onto a sheet pan.
  6. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns an even golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally.
  8. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.
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