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Author Notes: Our family loves a a sprinkling of granola over yogurt every day, so my daughter and I are always playing with different flavors and ingredients.. this is one of our new favorites! With love, Smidge | from Just a Smidgen's kitchen xo —Just a Smidgen
Makes about 16 cups
- 3 cups old-fashioned large flake rolled oats
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 2 1/2 cups all bran flakes
- 2 cups bran buds
- 1 1/2 cups Kashi 7 Whole Grain Cereal
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups dried cherries
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats through to the cocoa powder. Stir or use hands to mix thoroughly.
- In a pot over medium heat, melt the butter until it lightly browns, then add the brown sugar, water and vanilla. Simmer until the brown sugar has melted.
- Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients. Put everything in a large roasting pan that has been sprayed with Pam.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes for a softer textured granola, 30 minutes to make it crunchy. *Stir every 10 minutes to ensure all of the granola browns evenly.
- Remove from heat and stir in dried cherries.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Cereal