If you're running any one of Grandma's Marathon races and need a little "get up and go" or if you're looking to eat healthy, then try this yummy granola recipe from Taste of Home.  It's easy, tasty and will give you additional energy, whether you're running or dancing under Grandma's big top tent!


Did I mention it's easy to make?  If you have friends or family in from out of town, make a huge batch.  Then you can kick back and enjoy the festivities knowing you can provide a healthy snack!  I cheated and added a handful of peanuts and Reese's Pieces :)


  • 6 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unblanched almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • OPTIONAL:  other favorites like peanuts, M&M's, Reese's Pieces, etc


Preheat your oven to 300°. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, brown sugar and flax. Using a microwave-safe dish, whisk oil, honey, maple syrup, pie spice and salt. Microwave on high for 30-45 seconds or until heated through, stirring once. Stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture; toss to coat.

Spread evenly into a 15x10x1-in. baking pan, make sure it's coated with cooking spray so it doesn't stick. Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes to avoid clumping. Cool completely on a wire rack. Stir in cranberries and raisins and any additional add-in favorites. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 7-1/2 cups.