Homemade granola

3 cups uncooked quick oats

2 cups ready to eat puffed rice cereal

6 Tbsp honey

1 tsp canola oil

¼ cup apple juice

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp vanilla

¼ cup slivered almonds

¼ cup dried cranberries

½ cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix uncooked oats and puffed rice cereal together and spread on a baking sheet with sides; bake for 10 minutes, stirring once.

Meanwhile, mix honey, oil, apple juice, spices and vanilla together in a cup.  When oats and puffed rice are done, spoon into a large bowl; set pan aside.  Add almonds to cereal mixture and stir to combine.  Pour honey-spice mixture over cereal mixture and mix thoroughly to distribute and coat completely; spread mixture back over pan.

Return pan to oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, stirring every few minutes.  Remove from oven and spoon back into bowl.  (note: be careful that granola doesn’t burn-especially cereal along sides of pan)

Stir raisins and cranberries into mixture; let cool.  Store in an airtight container.  Yields about a half cup per serving.

3 points per serving; makes 12 servings.

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