California Walnut Granola

California Walnut Granola

This crunchy, sweet walnut granola makes for a great breakfast, topping for yogurt or easy snack. Add dried blueberries to boost color and antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups oats, quick cooking (not instant), rolled
  • 2 cups wheat bran, natural
  • 1 1/2 cups California walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup liquid honey
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins (or dried cranberries, chopped dried apples, apricots or other mixed dried fruit)
  • Fresh fruit for garnish, as desired

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together rolled oats, bran and walnuts.
  3. In a small microwaveable bowl, combine honey and vanilla; microwave on high for about 20 seconds or more until runny. Stir to mix; pour over dry ingredients and toss to coat well.
  4. Spread granola evenly in a large shallow baking pan and bake in 300° F oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden, stirring two or three times.
  5. Cool completely; granola will crisp as it cools.
  6. Stir in raisins or other dried fruit; store in airtight container.