I am on a real granola *kick* these days – and today I made a batch of my own homemade stuff. Granola is not really low in calories or fats, but what it *is* good for is nutrients! My recipe calls for wheat germ, honey and dried fruits and nuts…all the good stuff, including the healthy fats.I love putting granola on my yogurt in the morning, along with some fresh fruit. It’s a great snack to take with you in your backpack, gym bag or purse, and will give you a little boost of nutrition on the run.

Catherine’s Fruit & Nut Granola

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped almonds
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cups honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine oatmeal, wheat germ and dried fruits and nuts. In a separate bowl mix together oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over oats mixture, and stir well. Spread onto a cookie sheet, and bake for about 30-40 minutes, stirring on occasion.

The granola will not be crunchy when it first comes out of the oven, but it will firm as it cools. You may wish to play with the combination of fruits and nuts to create your perfect granola. Sunflower, pumpkin, flax or other seeds as well as various dried fruits may be used as well. It stores well in a tightly sealed container for several weeks.