Ranch Granola

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This healthful granola contains little oil or honey and has a lively orange-and-lemon flavor.

Ranch Granola

Makes: 20 servings, about 1/2 cup each

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  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest, (about 1 orange)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest, (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins or dates, (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine oats, bran, almonds, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat apple juice, orange juice, lemon juice, oil, honey and orange and lemon zests in a small saucepan over medium heat until warm. Stir in vanilla. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Spread mixture on two 11-by-16-inch baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Let cool and stir in raisins (or dates, if using).

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


Per serving: 242 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 39 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 7 g fiber; 3 mg sodium; 242 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (27% daily value), Iron (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat

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