Super Low-Fat Granola Cereal

Makes 9 Cups


8 Cups old-fashioned oats

1 Cup raisins

1/2 Cup chopped dried apricots (I didn't have any so I slightly increased the other two fruits)

1/2 Cup dried cranberries

1 1/2 Cups packed brown sugar (I reduced it a bit by not packing)

1/2 Cup water

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. maple extract

1 tsp. vanilla extract


**Update** A a comment was left suggesting to delay putting raisins and other dried fruit in until half way through cooking time to avoid them from getting cripy, and after trying it this way, I would advise doing it this way. You could even omit the dried fruit and just add it in right before serving.

In a very large bowl, combine the oats, raisins, apricots and cranberries; set aside. In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water and salt.  Cook and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until brown sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat; stir in extracts. Pour over oat mixture and stir well to coat.


Transfer to two greased 15" x 10" baking pans, Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until crisp; stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely in pans on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Serve with milk, yogurt, ice cream, or by itself!